BISHOP JOSEPH A. FRANCIS SCHOLARSHIP
The Bishop Joseph A. Francis Scholarship Fund, named after the legendary Bishop Joseph Abel Francis, SVD, was established to provide scholarship assistance, leadership development and spiritual enrichment to embolden student-leaders from the Archdiocese of Newark. Applicants need to be of African descent who are high school seniors or attending vocational school. Applicants should also be active members of an Archdiocesan parish and have demonstrated an appreciation for academic excellence and a commitment to social justice--reflective of the lived values of the program's namesake.
Bishop Joseph A. Francis, SVD (1923-1997) was an extraordinary educator and spiritual leader, with a deep and abiding commitment to social justice. He was appointed the first African American Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark in 1976, while remaining a well-respected national leader in the Church and in the African American community. He was the founder and principal of Verbum Dei High School in the Watts section of Los Angeles. He was provincial of two provinces of the Society of the Divine Word, and played a major role in authoring important social justice & evangelization documents of the Church. It is this great legacy of excellence, service and justice that the Bishop Joseph A. Francis Scholarship Fund is committed to passing on to our bold, young student-leaders of the Archdiocese of Newark, through this special Scholarship Program. Supporters of the Fund and program are supporters of our young people and supporters of social justice--for All!
2020 BISHOP FRANCIS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
To be eligible for a 2020 Bishop Francis Scholarship Award, an applicant must:
A. Be a member of a Roman Catholic Archdiocesan parish, active in parish/community affairs and submit a letter of recommendation from his Pastor or Parish priest;
B. Be a graduating senior from a Catholic, private or public high school in the Archdiocese (during the 2019-20 school year);
C. Show high academic achievement/promise, supported by a transcript and letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or guidance counselor;
D. Submit a 2020 Bishop Francis Scholarship Application Form, by the required deadline (June 30, 2020)
E. Submit an essay (typed) of approximately 250-350 words on the life of Bishop Joseph Abel Francis, SVD
F. Demonstrate good character and leadership abilities, both in school and in the community;
G. Be available for a personal interview during the selection process should such an interview be deemed necessary by the committee.
The completed application form, together with transcript, letters of recommendation and essay, should be sent to the following address or emailed to email@example.com: