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MSJ, CSJ partner on Unity grant for college-bound seniors

CSJ tuition grants available for 2015

RUTLAND—Mount St. Joseph Academy and College of St. Joseph have formed a partnership to provide up to five full-tuition grants to attend CSJ for seniors graduating from the high school in 2015.

The Sisters of St. Joseph Unity Grant, which was created to recognize the rich legacy of the Sisters and the two schools they founded in Rutland, covers two years of tuition at CSJ and is worth more than $40,000. In addition, the grant supports the college’s ongoing efforts to make higher education affordable and accessible.

“We are thrilled to partner with MSJ and build on our strong relationship,” said CSJ President Richard Lloyd. “These schools have a rich history that we are honored to continue through the next generation of students.”

To qualify for the grant, students must be accepted to CSJ and are asked to write an essay focusing on their plans to continue to exhibit the core values of the Sisters, which include hospitality, love of neighbor without distinction, reconciliation, and unity of all people with God, one another and all Creation.

“We are grateful to be partnering with CSJ in this incredible opportunity for our students, which emulates the true spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph,” said MSJ Principal Sarah Fortier.

Sister Shirley Davis, a Sister of St. Joseph and CSJ board of trustees member, was pleased to see the partnership and grant program. She is also a former principal at MSJ. “I couldn’t be more proud to witness both schools’ advancements over the years, while maintaining the core values they were founded with,” she said.

Paul Gallo, who is an MSJ graduate along with his wife, Ingrid, is a member of the MSJ development committee. “This is a partnership that will strengthen the core values portrayed by the Sisters of St. Joseph through the founding of MSJ and the college,” Gallo said. “The grant is a compelling way to strengthen the connection of local families and those Catholic values, and also for the college to continue its responsibility as a proud provider in the community.”

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