New Catholic scholarship announced

A new annual scholarship honouring the Daughters of Wisdom will go towards a deserving student at Red Deer Regional Catholic Schools.

A new annual scholarship honouring the Daughters of Wisdom will go towards a deserving student at Red Deer Regional Catholic Schools.

The scholarship was announced during an Oct. 26 farewell and Thanksgiving celebration of the nuns who brought Catholic education to Red Deer.

In front of more than 150 people, David and Christine Moore and family announced they would

be the first supporters of a new scholarship called the Daughters of Wisdom Social Justice Award. The scholarship will fall under the umbrella of the Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Education Foundation.

The Moores talked about how the sisters had a great passion for education, health and social justice.

“They always showed special care and tenderness towards the poor and needy. Their spirit lives on in the 7,500 students now attending Catholic schools in Central Alberta.”

The Daughters of Wisdom Social Justice Award will perpetuate the great work initiated by these amazing pioneers, the Moores said in a news release.

The scholarship will be administered by the Red Deer and District Community Foundation where

the Education Foundation endowment fund is held. Anyone wishing to contribute can send a cheque to the foundation at the school board office, with instructions that dollars should go towards the Daughters of Wisdom Social Justice Award.

Catholic Regional Schools spokeswoman Jeanne Davis said this is the first donor-defined scholarship.

“We’re excited about it,” she said.

It’s hoped the Moores’ decision will inspire other donors to set up scholarships as well, she said.