The Joshua 1:9 Scholarship Fund
Be firm, be steadfast.
Do not fear
Nor be dismayed,
For the Lord, your God
Is with you
Wherever you go.”
HOW IT BEGAN
The seed for the Joshua 1:9 Scholarship Fund was sown more than 60 years ago.
It was born of the gratitude of two young children of a single parent who were given the opportunity for a Catholic education. Nourished by the teachers who educated, guided and prepared these children for later productive lives, this seed evolved into the Joshua 1:9 Scholarship Fund… a way of giving back by giving the gift of Catholic education to other children.
ABOUT THE FUND
In 2002, the Joshua 1:9 Scholarship Fund was established through the NC Community Foundation. Its mission has been “to provide tuition assistance for Catholic Elementary School children in Wilmington who are children of a single parent or African American or Hispanic children.”
In order to be eligible, a family must also demonstrate current financial need. The goal of the fund is to provide the benefit of the loving, yet challenging, Catholic School environment to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
Over the past 10 years, this endowed fund has provided financial assistance ranging from full to partial tuition, books, uniforms and lunches for students from qualifying families. Some of these families have experienced sudden illness, unemployment or other financial distress. Proceeds from the fund are distributed annually based on financial need. Some awards are needed for more than one year.
ABOUT THE BENEFACTOR
Although the Joshua 1:9 Scholarship Fund has been helping St. Mary families for more than 10 years, the generous benefactor has remained anonymous until recently. This online feature by WILMA Magazine provides background on both the donor and the fund, and how you can be a part of the Joshua 1:9 Fund.