Applicants sought for Youth Faith in Action Scholarship | Catholic Charities Diocese of Madison

Applicants sought for Youth Faith in Action Scholarship

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Mary Jeanne Kennedy Anderson

MADISON, Wisconsin – Catholic Charities of Madison is seeking applications for the Mary Jeanne Kennedy Anderson Youth Faith in Action Scholarship, which recognizes two high school seniors who have shown a commitment to community service with $2,000 scholarships.

The scholarship was created in memory of Mary Jeanne Kennedy Anderson, a retired Madison-area nurse who served on the Catholic Charities of Madison board of directors and various committees. She was a devoted mother of five and grandmother of nine who enjoyed volunteering and directing her energies to helping others. She passed away on Dec. 6, 2013 from ovarian cancer.

The Mary Jeanne Kennedy Anderson Youth Faith in Action Scholarship was established by her family and Catholic Charities in 2014. There will be two $2,000 awards given in the spring of 2023, with the scholarships being awarded during a reception with Bishop Donald J. Hying and Catholic Charities Executive Director Shawn Carney.

To be eligible, applicants must reside in the Diocese of Madison and be a current member of a parish within the Diocese. They must be a high school senior during the 2022-2023 school year with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan to attend a college, university or technical school in 2023.

Applicants will be evaluated on their past and current parish and community service, including leadership roles, and their commitment to a future that encompasses a dedication to putting their faith in action.

To apply, applicants must:

  • Complete a scholarship application form.
  • Complete a 300- to 400-word, typed essay describing a) how the applicant has put their faith in action, b) how they will continue to put their faith in action in their life and c) the importance this holds for them and their community.
  • Meet with their parish priest to discuss parish and community service, review the completed application and request a letter of recommendation from the priest. The letter of recommendation must be submitted with the application form and essay.

Application materials can be found online at The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2023. Completed application materials can be scanned and emailed to or uploaded on the application page on the Catholic Charities website.

For questions, email or call Sandra Lampman at 608-826-8096.

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