McNamee Scholars Program


The McNamee Scholars Program was named for Father John P. McNamee in recognition of his many accomplishments as pastor of Saint Malachy Parish and School over a period of twenty-five years. Fr. McNamee is also well known and respected throughout the city and beyond as a passionate advocate for the poor and for social justice. In addition, he is an author and a poet. His writings include four books one of which, The Diary of a City Priest, was made into a movie.

The mission of the McNamee Scholars Program is to provide low-income students with access to a quality education along with mentoring support that will ensure their success in high school and college and that will prepare them for meaningful careers. The role of the mentor is to provide the necessary support and assistance to insure the student's success in school. The high school program selects graduates of Saint Malachy School, La Salle Academy, Hope Partnership for Education, and Saint Francis DeSales. Each student selected as a McNamee Scholar receives a mentor on a one-to-one basis and financial support - $10,000/ $2,500 per year for high school students. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, one qualified McNamee Scholar who has graduated from high school and has been admitted to college, will be granted a $28,000 college scholarship, $7,000 per year. Two additional $40,000 college scholarships , up to $10,000 per year will be granted to one qualified graduate of Saint Joseph’s Prep and one to a graduate of Cristo Rey High School. This program opens the door to higher education for the McNamee Scholars and has a positive impact on their future careers, their families and their communities.

Over the past six years, twenty students have been selected for the McNamee Scholars Program. Fourteen in the high school program and six in the college program. Among those attending high school, eight attend private high schools and six attend Archdiocesan high schools. Among the three McNamee Scholars who have graduated from high school, all are in college. In the coming year, three additional students will be selected for the high school program and two additional students for the college program.

Click here for a 7-minute video about the Program
Click here for a 3 minute video about 2014-25 Program Updates

Quizzo Night June 10th 6:30 PM
City Tap House
3925 Walnut Street
$20 at the Door

The McNamee Scholars Program is indebted to the following foundations and corporations for their generous financial support.


Paul E. Kelly Foundation, Narberth, PA
Union Benevolent Assoc., Philadelphia, PA
Caroline Alexander Buck Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Sovereign Bank, Villanova, PA
Southco Corporation, Concordville PA
Mellon BYN Bank, Philadelphia, PA
C.W. & Marjorie J. Schrenk Family Foundation, Holland, PA
Beneficial Bank, Philadelphia, PA
Milani Charitable Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
William M. King Charitable Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Chit Chat Charities, Philadelphia, PA
Verizon Foundation Philadelphian, PA
 Louis N. Cassett, Philadelphia, PA
Seybert Foundation, Doylestown, PA


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