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The Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund Information and Application Requirements

The Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund (PTSF) and Program was established in 1983 and is administered by the Archdiocese of New York through its Office of Black Ministry. PTSF provides scholarships and mentorship to graduating high school seniors of diverse backgrounds from public, private and parochial schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York, to assist them with the educational fees and expenses associated with their college studies.  Students selected into the PTSF, as P.T. Scholars, are chosen based on their strong academic record, their active participation with their parish and school communities, and their demonstration of good character and sound leadership ability.  Scholarship awards are renewable for subsequent, consecutive years of undergraduate and graduate studies, based upon the Scholar meeting certain specified academic and service requirements, and other PTSF program requirements.  PTSF also provides scholars with ongoing mentorship and advisement:  spiritual, educational, professional career, and personal.

To obtain more information regarding and /or to support the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund & Program contact the office at 646-794-2681 or via email at obm@archny.org

The Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Program is a ministry generously supported by the Black & Indian Mission Fund and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York and partially funded by the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal.

2020 VENERABLE PIERRE TOUSSAINT SCHOLARSHIP FUND

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

       To be eligible for a 2020 Venerable Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Award, an applicant must:

  • Be a member of a Roman Catholic Archdiocesan parish, active in  parish/community affairs and submit a letter of recommendation from his/her Pastor or Parish priest
  • Be a graduating senior from a Catholic, private or public high school in the Archdiocese (during the 2019-20 school year)
  • Show high academic achievement/promise, supported by a transcript and letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or guidance counselor
  • Submit a 2020 Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Application Form, by the required deadline
  • Submit an essay (typed) of approximately 300-500 words on one of the three topics that are listed on the application, and demonstrating a knowledge of the life of Venerable Pierre Toussaint.  (Please note that Pierre Toussaint is NOT the same person as Toussaint L’Ouverture.  Applicants who confuse this fact in their essays may have their essays deemed unacceptable.)
  • Demonstrate good character and leadership abilities, both in school and in the community
  • Be available for a personal interview during the selection process should such an interview be deemed necessary by the committee.

The completed application form, together with transcript, letters of recommendation and essay, should be submitted in the form linked below

Decisions of the PTSF, upon the recommendations of the OBM Education / Scholarship Selection Committee, are final.  Scholarship recipients will be notified of their awards during mid-spring and will receive them prior to the start of their fall semester in college.  New awardees also will be notified of the date, in late May or June, for the Scholars Annual Weekend Retreat and a Mass with scholar families, at which ALL scholars are expected to be in attendance! 

N.B.  In order to receive the award, the candidate must ultimately be accepted to a college or university and have taken the necessary steps toward enrollment.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 AWARDS MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE OFFICE OF BLACK MINISTRY / PIERRE TOUSSAINT SCHOLARSHIP FUND OFFICE OR BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020.

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