Rev. George Ham Memorial Fund Scholarships


The Rev. George Ham Memorial Fund Scholarships were established August 2013 in remembrance of Fr. Ham’s love and commitment to the youth of the parish. These scholarships will be funded by the Rev. George Ham Memorial  Fund.

At the time of his death in January of 2008 many donations were made in memory of Fr. Ham. As   a result the Memorial Fund was established in his name to foster his legacy of commitment to youth.  Fr. Ham believed that the future of every parish relies in its youth and the nurturing of their faith.

Scholarships Information

The  Rev. George E. Ham Memorial Fund will offer no more than three one-time tuition assistance Rev. George Ham Scholarships per year, and one, one-time tuition assistance James Foley Scholarship each year with a value of up to $1,500.00. These scholarships will be awarded to high  school seniors who are parishioners of St. Katharine Drexel Parish regularly participating in the  community life of the parish and having demonstrated a commitment to volunteer Christian service.

What is Christian Service?

The Rev. George E. Ham Memorial Scholarships and the James Foley Scholarship are intended to encourage and support a life of Christian service that will continue into adulthood. We mature in Christian living by developing our God-given gifts and placing them at the service of the community.

Some suggestions of service:
Church ministries:
Peer mentor, Ministers of Communion, Hospitality, Lector, Altar Server, Music Ministry, Nursing Home Visitor, Catechist, Assistant Catechist, volunteer for parish events or parish activities

Coaching a sports team, library, hospital, food pantry, blood drive, social services organizations and various organizations such as Scouts, Rotary, Lions, etc.

Tutoring, mentoring, serving on a student organization

What would not be considered Christian service?
Anything paying a salary or stipend.

If you have ideas or questions regarding suitability of  service please have them clarified before submitting an application.

Scholarship Eligibility:
Applications and all necessary forms are available at the Parish Office or you can click here .

Applicants will:

  • Participate in Faith Formation and have celebrated  the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation
  • Attend mass regularly
  • Supply a letter of acceptance to a university, college or vocational school
  • Most importantly, demonstrate a commitment to volunteer Christian service in Church, community and/or school.

Completed Applications: Due May 1st of the applicant's senior year in high school

Selection Process:
A committee including our pastor, Steve Wood, and the Director of Religious Education will review and select scholarship recipients.

Please make sure all necessary documents are included with this application.

-              Application page with necessary personal information
-              Letter of Acceptance to University/College/Vocational School
-              Confirmation Certificate with Seal if Confirmed at a different parish
-              Personal reflection:

Please submit a personal reflection expressing how you live as a disciple of Christ.  It might help to keep in mind the message of Jesus in the Gospels as you reflect.
“’Do you know what I have done to you? You call me teacher and Lord – and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one sent them.’” John 13:12-16

-       Submit the completed application by May 1st of your senior year

Scholarships will be presented at awards nights at the recipients' high schools.
Recipients will be presented in June at 8:30 a.m. Sunday parish Mass.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Rev. George E. Ham Memorial Fund to support the scholarship and other parish youth supported activities please contact the parish office.