"CJ has been a really influential part of my life and I've had a lot of opportunities that if I hadn't gone to CJ, I wouldn't of had otherwise."
Sarah Hartley '18 was one of the dozens of students who shared that sentiment with benefactors during the annual scholarship breakfast on November 18.
"I've had a lot of faith development and gotten to go on mission trips and retreats," Hartley reflected. "With the academics and athletics too, it's really helped shaped me into the person I am."
Hartley was the recipient of the Finke Scholarship which was established five years ago in honor of graduates Herbert Finke '34 and Rhetta Galt Finke '35. The Finkes had six children who all attended Catholic schools.
"A Catholic education was so important to them," Peg Finke Hemmerle '64 noted. "When mom passed away, the six of us decided that, in honor of them, to establish a scholarship in their names."
Ron Finke '72 added, "CJ students do such great things. It's money well invested and it gives you a sense that our future is in pretty good shape."
The breakfast featured select donors and student recipients to meet in person.
"The students who attended the breakfast were just the tip of the iceberg of those who receive a scholarship," alumni relations coordinator Ann Szabo '72 said. "The students needed to understand that there is a person behind their scholarship. The breakfast was an idea, so they could both see each other."
Logan Brodnick '19 and Rachel Boll '19 were two of the several recipients of a Sr. Damien scholarship. They said they hadn't had the opportunity to meet the MacLeod family, benefactors of the scholarship through the Cardinal Foundation, prior to the breakfast.
"It's very cool," Boll reflected. "I actually didn't know what scholarship I had so when I came to the breakfast it was a surprise.
"I'm very grateful to have this scholarship," Boll continued. "I probably couldn't go to this school if I didn't have it."
Brodnick agreed, "I'm also very thankful that I'm one of the few students who got the Sr. Damien scholarship."
Sr. Damien Grismer, SNDdeN, was also in attendance at the breakfast.
"It makes me proud because this is my heart; this school is my heart," Sr. Damien said.
"She had such an impact on our children when we moved here," Barb MacLeod said in regards to why the scholarship is in Sr. Damien's name. "She just gives unconditional love and acceptance. It feels wonderful to give students the opportunity to come to this amazing high school."
Posted November 28, 2016