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Graduation Day for Domenica Scholars!

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We are so proud of our Domenica Scholar class of 2021! All 20 students who received Domenica Foundation Scholarships as eighth graders in 2016 graduated on time this year. Their cumulative grade point average was 3.3 out of 4.0.

These graduates are poised to take advantage of their quality high school preparation. Of the students who applied to college, 100% were accepted. Together, they received more than $2.3 million in scholarships.

Schools include Barnard College at Columbia and Howard University, as well as local universities such as Rutgers and Rowan. Fields of study range from education and nursing to business, neuroscience, and engineering. 

We provide scholarships to young people like these because we believe in the power of education. We have seen firsthand how a solid high school education is a crucial step in breaking the cycle of poverty. 

More than 300 Domenica Scholars have graduated from high school since we started offering scholarships in 2006. We see these scholarships as an investment not only in the recipients and their families, but also in Camden–or wherever they end up. Their education empowers them to improve their own lives and the lives of the people around them.

Quan Ha, Camden Catholic class of 2021, wrote us a lovely thank-you note:

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to attend Camden Catholic. You have given me the ability to grow academically and spiritually in an environment that is safe and welcoming. Without you, I would have not been given this chance to break out of my economic status and go to my dream college. I sincerely owe you all of my achievements and success. 

“These kids, all they ever needed was a fair chance,” said Pepe Piperno, founder and President. “We’re proud to help provide that chance. It’s worth every penny to see the joy and pride on their faces, and their families’ faces, on graduation day.” 

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Domenica Scholar Edwin Gonzalez won the AP History award from Gloucester Catholic. Edwin plans to study engineering at Rutgers University.
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Quan Ha won no less than four (4!) academic awards from Camden Catholic. Quan will be attending Barnard College in the fall.
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Five Domenica Scholars graduated from Paul VI High School. Three are going to Rowan University in NJ, one to Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia, and one to the US Navy.