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 goal of the McNamee Scholars Program is to provide low-income students with the opportunity for a good high school education that will prepare them for college or other post-secondary education.

The program has two major components; mentoring and tuition assistance. Each student selected as a McNamee Scholar is assigned a mentor on a one-to-one basis and receives a $2,500 grant each year toward their high school tuition. The grant along with matching grants provide the opportunity for the student to attend a quality high school while the role of the mentor is to provide the necessary support and assistance to insure the student's success in high school.. The program currently selects graduates of four elementary schools in North Philadelphia, Saint Malachy School, LaSalle Academy, Hope Partnership for Education, and Saint Francis DeSales.

The program was initiated in 2009 by a group of professionals with extensive experience in education, mentoring and community volunteerism. All serve as volunteers. There is no paid staff. The initial funding of $25,000 was donated by this group which now serves as its Board of Directors.

Click here to watch a video about the Program.

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

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

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