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Youth Faith In Action Scholarship

In Memory of Mary Jeanne Kennedy Anderson

Recognizing high school seniors who show commitment to community service through their Catholic faith.

The annual Mary Jeanne Kennedy Anderson Youth Faith in Action Scholarship pays tribute to Mary for her devotion and service to children in schools and in honor of her life guided by her Catholic faith. Mary’s heart was filled with love for God, family and children.

About Mary

Mary Jeanne Kennedy Anderson was 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.

Application Requirements

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.

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.

Online Application

Applicant Name(Required)
Applicant Address(Required)
Preferred Form of Communication(Required)
Parent's Preferred Form of Communication(Required)

Parish/Community Service

Please summarize 3-4 parish and/or community service projects or activities you have been involved in during the past three years.

To complete this application, please upload:

A 300-400 word, typed essay describing a) how you have put your faith in action, b) how you will continue to put your faith in action in your life and c) the importance this holds for you and your community.
Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 10 MB.
A completed Personal Reference Questionnaire from your parish priest, deacon or director of religious education indicating your level of parish involvement. Questionnaires may also be completed by a priest or deacon previously assigned to your parish.
Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 10 MB.
The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2023. If you have any questions or would prefer to email your application materials, please attach your application form, essay and letter of recommendation to one email and send it to