St. Mary School seventh grader, Molly Passow, was one of 16 elementary school students to be honored this August with the Bishops’ Scholarship for Excellence from the Catholic Education Endowment Trust. She was the only student from Lake or Geauga County to be recognized this year. The Scholarship is awarded to students after an extensive essay and application process.
This year’s contest focused on the topic of bullying. Molly chose to write about a situation in which she was able help someone solve a challenge encountered. Molly said, “We use the S.T.A.N.D program at our school, so that was really helpful for me when I wrote my essay.” S.T.A.N.D.
(Students Together And Not Divided) is a program specific to St. Mary School, created by teacher Jenny Rodriguez. The students at St. Mary School to get together before school twice a month to discuss any social concerns and the older students act as mediators and mentors for the younger students. All meetings begin with a prayer and the promise that no one is ever alone and that members will to lead by their example.
The Bishops’ Scholarship for Excellence program is in its 17th year and awards scholarships to both high school and elementary school aged students. St. Mary School is honored to have one of its students recognized again this year. Last year, eighth grader Kaylie Malloy was recognized as well.
Development Director, Maureen Intihar said, “It’s nice when others recognize the excellence in our students that we see everyday. We hope to maintain a long standing tradition of involvement with the scholarship program.”