In recent years, The Knights of Columbus Council 799 has been able to raise a substantial amount of money through events such as a Friday Night Fish Fry during the Season of Lent and its annual 4th of July Event, which features silent and live auctions as well as free entry to its swimming pool. Over the years, these events as well as a few others have assisted Council 799 in giving back to programs such as RSVP, which supports our local seminarians, The Notre Dame School of Dallas, Pro-Life, Catholic Radio, as well as many other charities.
With money that has been so graciously donated by fellow Knights as well as members of the community, a new scholarship was created this year, which emphasizes Council 799’s stance on youth and education. The scholarship consisted of giving eight-$500 scholarships to students graduating from one of Council 799’s four feeder parishes (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Pius X, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Patrick) who will be continuing their Catholic Education at a Catholic High School next year. These scholarships were presented to a boy and girl from each of the four parishes at their graduation ceremonies. “Seeing the faces of these kids when they received their scholarships and knowing that we are helping them to continue their Catholic Education made this a truly blessed occasion for myself and for Council 799,” said Mike Hill, Grand Knight of Council 799. Hill also added, “We believe that this will create a ripple effect in the lives of these recipients. Our hope is that they will build on this idea of charity and make it a part of their daily lives.”
“When I heard my name called, I really felt excited and important “ said Max Gout, one of the St. Patrick scholarship recipients. “I realized how much of a blessing The Knights of Columbus are by honoring the youth through their generosity.” Kids like Max as well as all of the other seven scholarship recipients is why The Knights of Columbus Council 799 is committed to making this an annual scholarship. Council 799 also wants to thank all four parishes for working so closely with them throughout this process and for making this such a positive and blessed experience for all involved.