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 high school program selects graduates of Saint Malachy School, La Salle Academy, Hope Partnership for Education, and Saint Francis DeSales. The college program students graduates from Saint Josephs Prep and Cristo Rey High School. 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 and up to $40,000/$10,000 per year for college students. These grants along with matching grants provide the opportunity for the student to attend a quality schools while the role of the mentor is to provide the necessary support and assistance to insure the student's success in 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, eighteen students have been selected for the McNamee Scholars High School Program. Fifteen in the high school program and three in the college program. Among those attending high school, eight attend private high schools and four attend Archdiocesan high schools. Among the three McNamee Scholars who have graduated from high school, all are in college. During the 2014-2015 school year, the McNamee Scholars Program awarded college scholarships to three Philadelphia high school students. 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 to watch a video about the Program.

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
Vanguard Charitable, Boston, MA
 Louis N. Cassett, Philadelphia, PA
Seybert Foundation, Doylestown, PA


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