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 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. The scholarship will be paid directly to the university, college or technical school at the beginning of the second semester of the student’s freshman year.

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 . All parish high school students are encouraged to obtain and review the scholarship application in their freshman year so they are able to  fulfill the application expectations. Applicants are responsible to maintain and organize the necessary documents until they are submitted as one application in their senior year.

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.

Application forms to include:

  • Application page with personal information, checklist of additional materials and applicant signature
  • Faith formation records for levels 1-10 indicating dates and parish as well as date and parish of Confirmation
  • Service record forms
  • A short essay of the personal impact on the applicant of their service experience or how have you grown as a person of faith through participation in this service experience?

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.