Class of 2005 Adopt a Student Scholarship
Organized by: Erin McShea
Hi everyone! I hope this finds you all well. I know it's been awhile (more than ten years!) since we were walking the halls at St. Hubert. This past May, I started working here as the Admissions Director and it has been a pretty amazing experience thus far. Much has stayed the same: most of the faculty (believe it or not!), the lunch menu, and the excitement that surrounds Susie Hubert Day, to name a few. It's fun to see these traditions as alive as ever. These girls really do love their school. One thing that is different is the tuition, and many of our families' ability to pay it. There are so many passionate kids here who are involved is sports, arts and service and are excelling academically. Unfortunately, many of them also deal with situations at home that are not easy and their parents are making huge sacrifices to send them to school at St. Hubert. Talking to them and seeing them every day makes me feel so fortunate that I never had to worry about that as a teenager. I got to have fun, stay involved and hang out with my friends without a second thought about the cost of my education. Some of these kids are working after school and on weekends to pay for it themselves. Robin Nolan, our VP for Institutional Advancement, has started an "Adopt a Student" program that some graduated classes have become a part of. How it works is alumnae from one class year decide to sponsor a student, and whatever we can raise (amounts have ranged from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars) can be applied toward tuition costs for a student at St. Hubert. We as donors can decide what kind of student we want it to be (an athlete, an artist, an academically excellent student, a particular class year or just an all around good kid) and Robin will consult the faculty to find us a scholarship recipient. Donors are welcome to come in and meet the student they have sponsored when their scholarship is presented (or not, it's really up to us). Seeing this program in action firsthand has sold me. It is truly life-changing for some of these kids and parents. St. Hubert has not asked me to contact you guys nor do they know I am doing it. I just think it's a really great thing and know how many of you, like me, loved St. Hubert when we were here and still do. I think it would be amazing to pay it forward to a girl who is here now. Here is a photo of our last student adoption by the Class of '76 to Brooke O'Hare, who is a top 10 student, a student council rep and a cheerleader: https://www.facebook.com/StHuberts/photos/a.91440191318.96195.91379771318/10153224394286319/?type=3&theater; I decided the easiest way to do this would be to set up an account through CrowdRise. It is just like GoFundMe, which many of you have probably heard of, except that it does not take as large of a percentage off of what we raise (only 1%). The account is set up through my St. Hubert email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so all donations are secure and tracked by both CrowdRise and the St. Hubert email server. The other option is to write a check out to St. Hubert Catholic High School and mail it to me at: St. Hubert Catholic High School Admissions Office c/o Erin McShea, Admissions Director 7320 Torresdale Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19136 I am hoping we can collect donations by January 15 (the end of the second quarter/first semester) and adopt a student for the second semester. I will be 100% sure to share all information regarding our adopted student and when the scholarship would be awarded in case anyone wants to be part of the presentation. Most importantly, please SHARE with anyone from the Class of '05 who you think might want to be part of this. This may seem like a small way to contribute in the grand scheme of things, but it makes such a huge impact on the girls and their families. I hope you will consider being part of it.