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Gesu School and St. Joseph’s Prep Announce Howley Scholars Program

Originally published on the Gesu School website

The Howley Foundation is partnering with Gesu School and St. Joseph’s Prep to create groundbreaking opportunities for continued access to Catholic education in North Philadelphia. Gesu School and the Prep have shared the same Catholic, Jesuit mission over several decades, a mission that directly aligns with that of the Howley Foundation.

The Howley Foundation has played an important role with both Gesu School and the Prep, funding scholarships for qualified students with financial need, ultimately  to create social and economic mobility and improve lives. Lorie and Nick Howley, a 1970 graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep, see this as their primary philanthropic interest. The Gesu School-St. Joseph’s Prep Howley Scholars Program will expand the opportunities for young men starting in 6th grade and furnish both financial and programmatic support that will provide a pathway to attending the Prep for high school. The partnership offers the potential for a life-changing seven-year commitment to supporting students’ education and represents the first of its kind in the schools’ longstanding history. This $1.2 million gift is in addition to the historic $5.5 million gift the Howley Foundation made to the Prep’s For Others Forever Campaign.

The Gesu School-St. Joseph’s Prep Howley Scholars Program was established this summer with selection of the first cohort of five young men by Gesu School administrators. The selection is based on academic performance, commitment to their studies, and involvement of their families. Over the next three years, the young men will receive expanded academic offerings, including participating in a specially-designed test prep program and involvement in St. Joseph’s Prep summer programs. In addition, they will be mentored by a Prep freshman student who is also a Howley Scholar, and will be invited to attend Prep community events. If, as expected, a Gesu Howley Scholar gains admittance to St. Joseph’s Prep for high school, he will automatically receive enrollment in the school’s pre-9th summer academic program to help set the stage for success at the Prep and will join the other Howley Scholars for mentoring and other benefits that the Howley Foundation provides, including significant financial assistance.

“Gesu School and St. Joseph’s Prep are both committed to high-quality, Catholic education and have been partners in our North Philadelphia neighborhood for more than a century,” St. Joseph’s Prep President John Marinacci and Gesu School President and CEO Bryan Carter said in a joint statement. “We are grateful to have the Howley Foundation included in this partnership. The Howley’s belief that education is the way to transform the lives of young people and, in turn, the world, aligns perfectly with our missions as well. We are excited to see the fruits of this partnership as the Gesu School students continue to have access to outstanding, holistic Jesuit education—from rigorous academics to character development and faith formation. We are confident that this innovative educational collaboration will impact the trajectory of students’ lives and empower them to develop their strengths, overcome challenges, and become engaged members of the community.”

The first cohort of Gesu-Howley Scholars joins with administrators from St. Joseph’s Prep and Gesu to celebrate their accomplishments.
Front row (left to right): Cayden, Naim, Yasir, Shyheem, and Shawn.
Back row (left to right): Gesu School President and CEO Bryan Carter, St. Joseph’s Prep Director of Admissions Howie Brown ’99, and St. Joseph’s Prep President John Marinacci.