Pictured above from (l-r): SFP Principal, Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF; Scholarship Committee member, Ed Kennedy '57; McHugh Scholarship recipient, Chris Dinh '12, Former SFP Track Coach, James McHugh H'92; McHugh Scholarship recipient, Elizabeth Kalvoda '12 and Scholarship Committee member Dan Corry '57.
Organizers of the Bernice and James E. McHugh H'92Scholarship Fund gathered prior to the Annual Mass of Remembrance on Sunday, November 6, 2011 in order to "ceremonially" present this year's scholarship recipients--Elizabeth Kalvoda '12 and Christopher Dinh '12--with a scholarship award certificate in honor of the legendary SFP Track Coach and his late wife, Bernice.
"Many of Coach McHugh's former student athletes have worked hard to ensure that this scholarship fund is fully endowed so that it will continue on in perpetuity to serve future generations.", said Prep's Principal, Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. "We are ever so grateful to everyone for their unwavering support of St. Francis Prep and their commitment to our students."
Prep's Director of Development, Robert Angeletti H'11, echoed Brother Leonard's sentiments of appreciation and expressed how being a recipient of this scholarship connects these students to Prep's legacy of "great scholars and great athletes" established during its founding days in Brooklyn. The students, then briefly introduced themselves to members of the committee.
Elizabeth, a senior, is a member of Prep's Track team. Despite injuries incurred while competing, she has always been present to support her teammates and is proud of their record. She works part-time in a local restaurant and devotes time to other school activities and her family. Elizabeth hopes "go away" to college and is looking into several Jesuit colleges and universities. Christopher, also a senior, has been steadfastly dedicated to his studies and engages several extra-curricular clubs. He hopes to continue his studies locally at one of the fine Catholic colleges in the NYC metro area and cited St. Francis College as a possibility.
"We wish them both continued success and once again we are thankful to all of the alumni and friends who made this scholarship possible in honor of Coach McHugh." Brother Leonard said upon the conclusion of the presentation.