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Domenica Scholars Keep on Achieving

We are so proud of our Domenica Scholars that we do our best to keep up with them after high school graduation. We want to see — and to share with you — how the opportunity to attend a high-quality high school empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to keep on achieving. So today we highlight four former Domenica Scholars who are receiving college degrees this month. All four graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 2018.

Elena & Pepe Piperno hand certificate to Domenica Scholar

Welcoming the Domenica Scholarship Class of 2026

Last week, we welcomed 18 new rising high school students to the family of Domenica Scholars. The scholarship event, held at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden on April 26, was a beautiful celebration of aspiration, perseverance, and hope.

students standing in front of Rowan University map

College Bound!

On Saturday, March 26, we took 25 Domenica Scholars on a tour of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, accompanied by high school and Catholic Partnership School staff. The trip was open to all scholarship recipients in grades 9 through 11. You can see from their testimonials how much the young people enjoyed the trip!

photo of St. Cecilia children placing books in their book ark

Kids + Books + Art

Last week we helped Camden County Pop Up Library (CCPUL) deliver empty “book ark” structures to Catholic Partnership Schools (CPS). Our grant to CCPUL is funding 10 new book arks along with 640 Spanish-language books to help fill them.

The wooden book arks are designed to showcase donated books, which community members can take free of charge and bring back when finished. CCPUL’s motto is “We take books where libraries don’t go and give them away.”

Where do CPS children come in? They’re going to decorate some of the arks!

Catholic Partnership School child drawing

Looking Forward, Looking Back

We’re excited about new opportunities this spring that will bring books to communities with no libraries, arts instruction to Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden, and high school Domenica Scholars to the Rowan University campus.

Pepe Piperno with Camden Catholic Domenica Scholars

Funding Dignity and Hope in 2021

Our community partners did amazing work in 2021 with Domenica Foundation funding! Read all about it in our 4-page 2021 annual report.

Piperno family members and Christmas gifts for teens

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Every Christmas season, the Domenica Foundation supports the Sacred Heart Church Christmas basket program and the Guadalupe Family Services gift giving program. We’ve been participating in both since before we were officially established as a foundation!

Photo of Pepe Piperno tasting one of the pasta creations at Cathedral Kitchen

Pepe Judges Cathedral Kitchen Pasta Competition

“Judging Cathedral Kitchen’s pasta competition was a lot of fun,” said Pepe Piperno, Domenica Foundation founder and president. “I thought I had tasted every pasta sauce there is, but these creative cooks came up with six sauces I had never tasted before!”

Pepe was one of two judges at the pasta competition on November 3. “Handmade pasta is always at the top of the list of foods the students in our culinary arts program want to learn,” said Noreen Flewelling, development director at Cathedral Kitchen.

book ark for free books flanked by the program director, site host, and artists

Free Books in Low-Income Communities

We are pleased beyond measure to partner with Camden County Pop Up Library, our newest grantee. CCPUL’s motto says it all: “We take books where libraries don’t go and give them away.”

home snapshot of four Obasi siblings and their mom

One Family, Four Domenica Scholars

Meet the Obasi family! All four of these outstanding young people received Domenica Scholarships to attend Catholic high schools in the Camden area. Clockwise from left, they are Kingsley (Camden Catholic 2012), Anthoney (Camden Catholic 2011), Joechin (Paul VI 2016), Michelle (Camden Catholic 2014), and their mom, Ms. Maria Obasi.
Today, all four are in graduate school!