St. Vincent de Paul Society awards Catholic school scholarships

LOWELL — St. Vincent de Paul Society’s archdiocesan president Richard LaPorte of St. Michael Parish in Lowell recently announced the awarding of $110,000 in scholarships to 110 parochial school students in grades one through eight for the 2006-2007 school year. These need-based awards to students in good standing will be going to 63 different parochial schools in the archdiocese.

Local St. Vincent de Paul volunteers visited the students and their families to help them fill out the applications for the scholarship awards. Part of the Vincentian tradition to visit those they serve in their homes. Many students in need were recommended to the society as candidates by their schools.

Donald A. Marinelli of St. Michael Parish in North Andover, chairman of the Parochial School Trust Committee, worked with the other committee members, William Corrigan of St. Anthony Parish in Allston, Brendon Fleming of Holy Family Parish in Lowell, William Sullivan of St. John Parish in Canton and Robert Travers Jr. of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Cambridge, to select the most deserving candidates from over 200 applications received.

This is the 8th year the St. Vincent de Paul Society has been able to award scholarships to deserving students.