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Annual Harvest Fund / General Fund
This fund will provide vital, flexible-use resources and discretionary income that allow Kolbe Cathedral to sustain its educational mission with an excellent faculty and proper facilities and programs that allow students to achieve at their highest level. The fund will go to much-needed building upgrades (the main school building was built in the 1960s) and to student financial aid including scholarships named for Basil Kuzio (Kolbe ’70, former Board member), Jo-Anne Jakab (longtime Principal and President, current Board Secretary), Philip “Doc” Broadhurst (longtime, award-winning teacher and coach) and John J. Tyminski (beloved teacher). In addition, all funds raised via Giving Tuesday will go to the Annual Harvest Fund.
Maximilian Kolbe Scholarship
Established in 2021 by John & Cindy Sites, the Maximilian Kolbe Scholarship Fund is Kolbe Cathedral’s largest source of need-based, student financial aid. It is named in honor of our school’s namesake, a Polish priest who was also a missionary, teacher and publisher. A staunch anti-Nazi, he was imprisoned at Auschwitz where he died in 1941 after volunteering his own life to save another prisoner. He was canonized as a saint by Pope John Paul II in 1982. Over the next five years, it will award up to 12 full tuitions annually to students based on merit, a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the Kolbe Cathedral experience. Additional support is needed to increase the fund and ensure its longevity.
Leah Rondon Fund
Leah was a happy, vivacious six-year-old whose life was cut tragically short in a car accident on August 20, 2015. She was an avid athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and softball. She was also a strong student who loved to read and play with friends at recess. Leah’s parents started 2 funds to keep her spirit alive. The Leah Rondon Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating female student at Kolbe Cathedral High School where Leah’s father Henry is an administrator. The Leah Rondon Fund is housed at the Valley Community Foundation and is designed to benefit Ansonia, CT youth.
Reunion Class Fund
Every year, alumni from certain graduating classes will celebrate their 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th and 50th reunions. Such milestones are great reminders of the impact that the Kolbe Cathedral experience and its community had on their lives. Giving back to the students of today, while celebrating your class anniversaries, is a very impactful and meaningful way to “pay it forward”.
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