2020 was a year unlike any other. Along with local businesses, St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, and many of the families within the community, were greatly affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns. All fundraising events, for the year, were cancelled. The donations raised from these fundraisers are used to provide financial scholarships to our students.
Due to the economic impact of this virus, requests for financial assistance increased dramatically. For some, these scholarships are the deciding factor in their high school career. St. John’s Board of Advisors developed a new virtual fundraising campaign to raise money for the Hardship Scholarship Fund. These donations will help many families close some of the financial gaps, caused by COVID-19.
Biagio M. Arpino, SJB’s Principal stated, “In these most challenging times, our donors are the true “inspiration” in answering the call to give back. Their contribution will assist St. John’s in providing scholarships to those students facing hardship, as well as acknowledging those achieving academic success”.
“SJB Inspires” Scholarship Campaign is the school’s most successful financial campaign, raising:
- $186,244 in donations were received from Alumni, Parents, and Friends
- Rob LoCascio, Class of 1986, generously donated $180,000 as a match
- An anonymous 2nd match of $150,000 was received
- Total raised for our Inspire Scholarship Campaign is $500,325
- 172+ students will receive financial assistance from the Inspire Scholarship Campaign.
St. John’s is overwhelmed by the outcome of the campaign and grateful for the kindness of their donors. SJB will be able to provide a superior Catholic education to many more families across Long Island for years to come.