Eighth-grader gets altar server scholarship
Last month, St. Vincent de Paul Parish and school awarded the St. Vincent de Paul Altar Server Scholarship to Mary Dillon, an eighth-grader at the school. The award was presented during Mass on the day of the school’s annual Faith Rally celebration.
Father Daniel Zimmerschied, pastor at the parish, first introduced the scholarship opportunity during the 2010-2011 school year. All eighth-graders who are active parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul, who have served as altar servers for at least one year and who are planning on attending a Catholic high school may apply for the award. Applicants are asked to identify those qualities that make them good and faithful servers for the parish and to explain why it is that they hope to attend a Catholic high school.
Dillon was chosen because of her personal commitment to her faith as well as the way she lives and witnesses to her faith both inside and outside of the school, administrators said. Dillon plans to attend Bishop Machebeuf High School next year.
“I was so excited and happy to receive the scholarship,” she said. “I realize what an honor it is to serve at the table of our Lord. It is a wonderful privilege.”
The St. Vincent de Paul Altar Server Scholarship is one way the parish and school work together to foster Catholic faith formation and provide educational opportunities for students.