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2024 Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced


The Trustees of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. have selected the grant winners for 2024. The Memorial Scholarship Fund was created over 50 years ago to provide tuition assistance to North Catholic students to attend Allentown College, now DeSales University. Over the years, the fund has changed to provide tuition assistance to North Catholic students, and now with our beloved school being closed, our focus shifted to providing grants for elementary, high school and college students to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of dues paying members of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Assn. These scholarships are awarded by the Trustees using a proven process that considers a student’s financial need and academic

success. It is a competitive process, so the Trustees do their best without having knowledge of the current school or the future school of each applicant.


For this year, the Northeast Catholic Memorial Scholarships will be awarded in memory

of Leonard F. Knobbs, a class of 1953 grad and long time Trustee of the Memorial

Scholarship Fund. Len served on the Board of Governors for well over 50 years, was a

two-time President of the Alumni Association, long time Executive Secretary and

Treasurer, and also a founding member of the Memorial Scholarship Fund. Len was

instrumental in the creation of the fund.


Currently, the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. awards 4-

year grants to five high school seniors to attend a Catholic College/University in the 5

county Philadelphia area, along with De Sales University; 4-year awards to twenty 8th

grade students to attend a Catholic High School in the Philadelphia, Camden or Trenton

Dioceses, as well as 3-year awards for ten 5th grade students for Catholic Grade

Schools in the Philadelphia, Camden or Trenton Dioceses.


The grants awarded by the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.

are only made possible due to the generosity of our Alumni, as well as the families,

friends and supporters of the Northeast Catholic High School and the Alumni

Association. In addition to the financial support, the Trustees would like to acknowledge

the hard work throughout the year of our Alumni Board of Governors, who donate their

time and energy to run events throughout the year to support the Memorial Scholarship

Fund.


The full list of Scholarships awarded in 2024 can be found below, along with a list of

schools who will be receiving awards from this fund during the 2024-2025 school year.

More information on the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. can

be found on our website.


The Trustees of The Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship

Robert J Kensil Jr '74 - Chairman

Stephen A Cardullo '72 - Treasurer

Albert P Waskiewicz '79

Jeffrey W Brown '79

John J Hanejko '65

James W Bollendorf '73

Thomas P Morgan '64

Raymond P Zegarski '59

Rocco G Iacone '55

Patrick J Boyle '49


Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund

2024 Leonard F Knobbs ’53 Memorial Grants


College grants

$32,000 Grants, paid equally over 4 years

Allison Szychulski - Little Flower to DeSales University

Molly McGovern - Camden Catholic to St. Joseph’s University

Tatum McHugh - Nazareth Academy to St. Joseph’s University

Jessica Wojnar - Holy Cross to Holy Family University

Christopher McCole - Roman Catholic to St. Joseph’s University


High School grants

$20,000 Grant, paid equally over 4 years

Emma Hand - St. Jerome to St. Hubert HS

Samantha Hand - St. Jerome to St. Hubert HS

Michael Comey - Our Lady of Port Richmond to St. Joseph Prep HS

Chase Pantalone - Franklin Towne Charter to Father Judge HS

Caroline Malloy - Blessed Trinity to St. Hubert HS


$16,000 Grant, paid equally over 4 years

Max Witalec - Our Lady of Port Richmond to St. Joseph Prep HS

Jayson Lux - James Martin Public School to Neumann-Goretti HS

Salvatore Celebre - Franklin Towne Charter Elementary to Roman Catholic HS

Michael Szychulski - St. Katherine of Siena to Father Judge HS

Joseph McCook - Our Lady of Port Richmond to Archbishop Wood HS


$12,000 Grant, paid equally over 4 years

Patrick Haney - Holy Trinity to Conwell-Egan HS

Brigid McConnell - St. Albert the Great to Archbishop Wood HS

Joshua Zaleski - St. Cecilia Grade School to Father Judge HS

Shaylee Wallace - St. Katherine of Siena to St. Hubert HS

Valerie Bray - Nativity of Our Lord Warminster to Villa Joseph Marie HS


$8,000 Grant, paid equally over 4 years

Kayne Puchon - MaST Community Charter School to Nazareth Academy

Catherine Gasiewski - Blessed Trinity to St. Hubert HS

Britney Teszner - Our Lady of Port Richmond to Little Flower HS

Kaitlyn DiNessa - St. Cecilia to Archbishop Wood HS

Joseph Rowan – Franklin Towne Charter to Father Judge HS


Grade School Grants

$9,000 Grant, paid equally over 3 years

Katelyn McGerry - St. Katherine of Siena

Isabella Janda - St. Katherine of Siena

Emily Tieri - St. George


$6,000 Grant, paid equally over 3 years

Hugh Regan - St. Christopher

Leah Donnelly - St. Christopher

Ryan Prosperi - St. Cecilia

Julianna Kirchenbauer - St. Christopher


$3,000 Grant, paid equally over 3 years

Olivia Dougherty – Nativity of Our Lord

Francis Wallace - Mother of Divine Grace

Michael Roche - St. Katherine of Siena

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