Images, from left: Bertrand, Hauber, Jarrett, Labricciosa
By WAYNE CAMPBELL
WELLAND – Four high school graduates this week received $1,000 scholarships for exceptional social service in their schools and communities.
During graduation ceremonies, St. Kevin’s Social Justice Committee members congratulated the 2018 recipients:
Zoe Bertrand – Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School;
Ian Hauber – École secondaire catholique Jean-Vanier;
Jane Jarrett – Notre Dame College School;
Julia Labricciosa – E.L. Crossley Secondary School.
The scholarship is for those students who envision not a perfect world, but a better one, said Joe Barkovich, chair of the committee.
“There are graduation awards for students who are proficient in English, history, mathematics and the like,” Barkovich said. “We put the focus on social justice leadership, commitment and involvement in the school and community.”
By how these students lead their daily lives, they link faith and justice as taught in Catholic social teaching, he said.
“They walk the talk by doing what they say.”
Recipients were selected through an interview process that considers academic achievement, school and community social justice activities, and the students’ future pursuits.
Each of the four will enter post-secondary programs in life sciences, nursing science, or health sciences at McGill University, University of Toronto, Queen’s University, or McMaster University.
In January for 16 years, the social justice committee raises money for the scholarship during its Soup’s On luncheon at St. Kevin’s Parish Hall.
High school culinary programs from Notre Dame, Eastdale, Confederation, Lakeshore and Blessed Trinity, along with Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and caterer Stephanie The Lunch Lady, provide samplings of soup varieties.
It is an all-you-can-eat luncheon on the last Friday of January. Tickets go on sale in November.
During its 16 years, the St. Kevin’s social justice scholarship committee has given out $45,900 to 49 recipients. The scholarship amount has increased from $300, to $500, and most recently, to $1,000.
(Wayne Campbell, a member of the social justice scholarship committee, is a retired journalist. The other committee members are Jessica Soul and Bernie Barkovich.)