Five STCPS Students Awarded Peter Lynch Scholarships

Catholic Schools Foundation Honors Saint Columbkille Students During Celebratory Mass

On Wednesday, November 7 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton, a Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, to induct the ninth class of Peter Lynch (PL) Scholars. For the 2018-2019 school year, five students from Saint Columbkille Partnership School were part of a group of 197 elementary students to be inducted into the ninth class of PL Scholars by the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF). The Saint Columbkille Partnership School students were joined by PL Scholars from 54 Catholic elementary schools across the Greater Boston Area. Selection criteria included grades, work ethic, and demonstrated care and concern for others in the school community and beyond.

“We are proud of our students who were inducted into this year’s class of Peter Lynch Scholars,” says Dr. William Gartside, Head of School at Saint Columbkille Partnership School. “They are the role models we strive to teach and grow each day. We are eager to see all that they can achieve here at Saint Columbkille and beyond.”

Peter Lynch, known for his successful career as a money manager at Fidelity Investments, is a longtime supporter of Boston’s Catholic Schools and serves as President Emeritus for the Catholic Schools Foundation. In his honor, The PL Scholars Program was established in 2010 to honor Mr. Lynch’s involvement with the Catholic Schools Foundation and the Inner-City Scholarship Fund. Each Catholic elementary school selects their PL Scholars based upon, among other criteria, his or her grades, work ethic and demonstrated care and concern for others in the school community and beyond.

Cardinal O’Malley was accompanied by Michael B. Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation and Amy Ryan, Deputy Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Catholic Schools Foundation Board Members Peter Lynch, Mike Rogers, Robert Cunjak and David Foley were also in attendance.

“You have a Peter Lynch Scholarship because someone sees potential in you,” Mike Reardon said while addressing the Peter Lynch Scholars inductees of 2018. “Because someone sees you as a person in your community who has been called to serve, called to care; just like Peter Lynch has spent the last thirty years caring about each of you.” The Mass music was provided by the choir from Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton.

Thank you Peter Lynch and CSF for your generous support of Saint Columbkille Partnership School students!