Every year the two Knights of Columbus Councils in Juneau come together to offer scholarships to graduating Catholic high school seniors.
To be considered for the scholarship the students must at least have a 2.0 GPA, receive a letter of recommendation from a teacher and their pastor and complete an essay on what it means to be Catholic.
This year Bishop Seghers Council 1760 from the Cathedral and Bishop Kenny Council 11757 of St. Paul’s parish selected five Knights of Columbus scholarship recipients: Lance Fenumiai and Elias Minick from Juneau Douglas High School and Hanah Elizarde, Josh Quinto, and Josh McAndrews, graduates of Thunder Mountain High School.
Hanah Elizarde will be attending Gonzaga University for Nursing. She was active in Cheer, student government, yearbook and was valedictorian of her class. Hanah has also been active as an altar server, vacation bible school volunteer, and active in the parish youth group. “To be a Catholic is to find joy and the uttermost satisfaction in serving others… I aspire to be a voice and a face with God’s grace to inspire others to see Roman Catholics as stewards of Christ.”
Lance Fenumiai will be attending St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He has balanced studies with football, cheer, and track. He has also been active in the youth group and serving at Mass. “Being raised a Roman Catholic to me has been a blessing in my life and has given me plenty of happiness and a place to go in a time of need.”
Josh McAndrews will be attending Boise State. He has excelled in school and on the basketball court. “…with the help from Sunday School and attending Holy Name Catholic School along with my wonderful parents, I realized going to Mass and taking time out of my day to pray to our Lord wasn’t for nothing.”
Elias Minick will be attending UAS in the fall. He has been very active within the Cathedral parish, as an altar server and volunteer. Elias and his siblings run a Christmas tree sale every year, and they donate a portion of their profits to charity. “For me this worldwide community is a large part of what I think it means to be a Catholic. No matter where I go, there’s always a place where I can feel safe, connected, and part of a larger family.”
Josh Quinto will be attending Florida Tech for Engineering. His essay talked about the universal experience of the Catholic Church he experienced while attending World Youth Day in 2016 in Krakow, Poland.