The Saint Patrick Fund
Today, SPA remains a mission-driven school anchored on the truths of the Catholic Faith and provides students pre-k to 8th grade and their families with excellence in both spiritual formation and academics. The goal is to inspire children to be fully alive in a perfect union of mind and heart. Students come to see that they are made in the image and likeness of a God who loves them. This love, which resides at the center of the curriculum, then becomes the source of students’ confidence, trust, and joy, shaping their souls and freeing them to live a happy life.
Our New Hampshire private catholic school sets a strong foundation in the Catholic Faith, virtue, academic excellence and service to others which is becoming rare in the community amongst public schools. Our students couldn’t thrive without the generosity of Saint Patrick Academy supporters throughout the years, and we’re always grateful to receive donations and financial support from alumni, family and friends.
Your donation to the Saint Patrick Fund ensures that we are able to offer a life-changing education to all of our students PreK3 – 8th-grade.
Understanding the Saint Patrick Fund
The Saint Patrick Fund is a fundraising program that provides an opportunity for parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty, and staff to secure the continued quality of a Saint Patrick Academy education.
The Saint Patrick Fund is critical to the School’s continued success, as it helps underwrite the budgetary gap between tuition and the true cost of educating each child. As gifts to the Saint Patrick Fund remain unrestricted in use, the Saint Patrick Fund supports every facet of the School’s operation: Faculty salaries and professional development, financial aid, technology, and the many enrichment programs, such as the art, athletic, and music programs, all rely on the Saint Patrick Fund.
A gift to the Saint Patrick Fund is the first and most important gift we ask of every parent, grandparent, faculty, alumnus, and friend.
As an independent, Catholic school, Saint Patrick Academy operates without financial support from local, state, and federal governments in New Hampshire. The School relies on tuition income, annual fundraisers, and a strong Fund to maintain operations. Each year, the Saint Patrick Fund raises money critical to balancing the school’s budget. A robust Fund enables the School to sustain its unparalleled faith-based academic offering for students PreK3 to 8th grade.
The Saint Patrick Fund provides you an opportunity to contribute to the growth of our students as citizens, scholars, and leaders. Your gift to the Saint Patrick Fund makes a real difference to our School, and we appreciate your ongoing support.
Your gifts matter
When you contribute to the Saint Patrick Fund, you are supporting our current and ongoing needs to ensure that we can continue to deliver an Education Fully Alive. The Fund goes toward the cost of operations and includes utilities, equipment, and administrative costs. For example, in keeping with our commitment to incorporate technology into our daily experience for the benefit of both students PreK3 to 8th grade and staff, we have crafted a 4-year Technology Plan which will deliver the following, and more:
– Hardware rotation and software maintenance
– Firewall maintenance and user device protection
– Increased number of student-devices
– Improved parent experience with a unified platform for resources
– Faculty laptop upgrade
– Upkeep and upgrades to classroom smartboards, etc.
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Sister Mary Jo Walsh Scholarship
Sister Mary Jo was born March 8, 1934. She was one of three children of Thomas Joseph and Helen (Horgan) Walsh of Everett, MA. Spending most of her youth visiting her sister (Sister Helen Mary – Sisters of Providence), Mary Jo knew that she wanted to also be a nun. Sister Mary Jo received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and then her Master’s Degree in Administration at Notre Dame University.
Sister Mary Jo entered religious life at 19 years old in 1953, and took her Final Vows in 1960 at 26. Sister Mary Jo spent most of her life teaching and serving as a principal. She died peacefully in her home at age 82 on October 13, 2016.
The purpose of this designated fund is to provide tuition assistance and other necessities to children from Portsmouth, NH attending Saint Patrick Academy.
Ryan Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is to honor the memory of Kelley Ryan, daughter of Gene and Dee Ryan, who passed away tragically from a car accident on May 13, 1988. Kelley was an alumna of Saint Pat’s and her memory endures. Please pray for her!
These funds provide an annual scholarship on a yearly basis for families in need.
Joanne V. Schepis Stone Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is to honor the memory of Joanne V. Schepis Stone, daughter of N. Paul and Carole Schepis.
These funds provide a $2,000 annual scholarship for families in need.
Jay and Mary Pat Gibson Scholarship
The Jay and Mary Pat Gibson Scholarship provide an annual scholarship on a yearly basis to a student in need.
Interested in a New Scholarship Fund?
Contact us if you would like to create or designate your own scholarship.