You can have an impact on the life of a child! A donation to any of the following scholarship funds is one of the best investments you can make in their future. Your generous support of our scholarship funds makes a difference in the lives of our students and families and helps us to fulfill our mission of serving God’s Children in Extraordinary Variety.
St. Thomas the Apostle is committed to finding ways to ensure Catholic education is accessible and affordable for all those who desire the advantages it offers their children. Donations to our Scholarship Fund provide assistance for families in need as well as emergency tuition for families experiencing loss of employment, sudden or severe illness or other financial hardships.
Frances Y. and Joseph E. Wiley Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Frances Y. and Joseph E. Wiley Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by their children to honor Frances Sumiko Yoshida Wiley and Joseph Earl Wiley, revered members of the Hyde Park Community and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish for over 60 years. Frances cared fiercely not only for her own children, but for all of the students at STA. St. Thomas youth were the beneficiaries of numerous enrichment programs for art music and crafts thanks to Mrs. Wiley’s efforts. She also shared her gifts and talents with the school by designing and sewing costumes for the annual St. Thomas Players musical and creating exquisite quilts for auction at fundraisers. Joseph served as a church usher for many years, staying late to count the Sunday collections and talk theology with Fr. Fitzgerald when he was the pastor of STA. He also took Holy Communion to those unable to attend Mass.
Both Frances and Joe deeply valued the quality, Christ-centered education provided by St. Thomas. All eight of their children attended and graduated from St. Thomas the Apostle School. Donations to the fund will be used to assist families experiencing economic hardship or who are in need of emergency financial assistance. Those who make a tax deductible gift to St. Thomas the Apostle School through the Frances Y. and Joseph E. Wiley Scholarship Fund will continue to promote their legacy of love for the school and its children.
Monique Lazarde Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in honor of Monique Danielle Lazarde, a member of the class of 1979, this memorial scholarship was created by Monique’s family and friends to provide assistance for a deserving student who otherwise would not be able to attend STA. Those who knew Monique remember her as a very involved, outgoing young woman who loved music and had a positive influence on everyone she met. Thanks to the Monique Lazarde Memorial Scholarship, she will continue to inspire others by ensuring young people have the opportunity, as she did, to experience Catholic education.
Candace M. Scheidt Scholarship Fund
Candace M. Scheidt served as St. Thomas the Apostle School principal from 2011-2016 and led the school to tremendous growth. This scholarship fund was established in honor of her retirement and recognizes families that go above and beyond the annual 20 hour service hour requirement.