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Over 100 Catholic school students receive Marr Scholarships


The 2014 recipients of the Daniel F. Marr, Jr. Scholarship are pictured at the award ceremony at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester last month. Pilot photo/George Martell, BCDS

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The Daniel F. Marr, Jr. Scholarship Endowment Fund of the Catholic Community Fund of the Archdiocese of Boston presented scholarships to 110 students attending 13 Catholic secondary schools and nine Catholic elementary schools have been awarded scholarships last month.

The scholarship program, established in 1992 with a bequest from the estate of the late Daniel F. Marr, Jr. provides scholarship support for tuition assistance for students to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Preference is given to students who are members of the Colonel Daniel F. Marr Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, which was founded by Daniel F. Marr, Jr. and his brother, Robert L. Marr, in memory of their father, Colonel Daniel F. Marr. Since its inception, nearly 1,400 scholarships have been awarded from this fund, totaling $918,500.

At a scholarship awards ceremony held in September at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Robert L. Marr said, "Establishing the Marr scholarships in memory of my brother, Dan, was by far the best thing we've ever done at the Boys and Girls Club. Studies confirm what we know to be true -- that a Catholic education provides tremendous benefits for students, especially those growing up in urban areas. The results of this program have been phenomenal, and it makes me very proud to know that these students are changing the face of Catholic education."

Students receiving scholarships are chosen by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, and the awards are distributed directly to their schools.

Pat Bartram, executive director of the Catholic Community Fund said that these scholarships are "a wonderful support for these students and their families and our Catholic schools. On average, our schools charge tuition of about 75 percent of the actual cost to educate a child. At the same time, coming up with several thousand dollars for tuition every year -- and more for families who send more than one child -- is a lot for families. We are so grateful to the late Mr. Marr, Bob Marr, and the entire Marr family for their generosity which is helping to make Catholic education possible for so many."

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