Catholic grads earn $16.5 M in scholarships

PARKERSBURG – The 2013 high school graduating classes under the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s seven schools have earned more than $16.5 million in scholoarships, officials announced.

Students from Parkersburg Catholic High School, Madonna High School in Weirton, Bishop Donahue Memorial High School in McMechen, Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Huntington and Charleston Catholic High School will attend more than 60 colleges and universities this year.

“I have been so very impressed with the Catholic identity and academic rigor of our seven high schools upon my visits this year. It is no surprise to me that the monetary value of the scholarships awarded is phenomenal, and the colleges and universities that accepted our students are of the highest quality,” said Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of schools of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. “Our students are a great reflection of their parents’ desire for high academic achievement, social awareness and living faith-filled lives. We are proud of our graduates, confident in their future and thankful that our Catholic schools played a significant role in their development.”

Among the West Virginia schools are West Virginia University, Marietta College, West Liberty University, University of Charleston, Fairmont State University, Shepherd University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Bethany College, Davis & Elkins College, Alderson Broaddus College, Wheeling Jesuit University and Marshall University.