Kolbe Cathedral High School honors Monsignor Frank C. Wissel

The Kolbe Cathedral High School “2015 Making a Difference Celebration” will honor the late Monsignor Frank C. Wissel for his continued commitment to transforming the lives of deserving young people through education.  The event which will be held on Sunday, May 31, features a Liturgical Celebration in memory of Monsignor Wissel at the 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Parish in Greenwich, followed by dinner  at Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse in Greenwich, at 6:30.

“2015 Making a Difference” Honorees are Walter Luckett, Jr., Albertus van den Broek and The William H. Pitt Foundation.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Msgr. Frank C. Wissel Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides tuition support to qualified incoming Freshman candidates who demonstrate the potential to “Work Hard and Be Nice” — the KCHS motto and standard of behavior created under his leadership as Kolbe Cathedral’s Principal.

Through the generosity of individual benefactors, including Greenwich resident Stratford Wallace, whose sponsorships subsidize Gianfranco Alvarez, one of 20 Wissel Scholars currently benefiting from donor support, the Fund is “making a difference” by opening the doors to a quality college preparatory education which would otherwise have been beyond their reach.  Senior Wissel Scholars Daniele Trotman and Ariana Trotman have earned college acceptances at Albertus Magnus, Fairfield, Iona, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, SCSU, WCSU and the University of Connecticut and Carolyn Spencer will enter the hallways of Cornell University next Fall.

Located in Bridgeport, a Kolbe Cathedral High School education continues to “make a difference” in the lives of a diverse student population, 65% of whom are in need of financial assistance.  100% of the Class of 2014 pursued higher education and were awarded $12.2 million in scholarships and aid.  Kolbe students are “making a difference” through service to the school and the community-at-large.  Kolbe Senior Ambar Romero was honored at the White House as one of three national finalists in the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.  Senior Stephani Narvaez was recently awarded the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse Girl of the Year Award and four students, who competed in the Fifth Annual Junior Achievement Business Challenge at Fairfield University, advanced against 14 other teams to win Second Place and $500 scholarships.

To learn more about the Celebration or make a donation to the Msgr. Frank C. Wissel Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact Jo-Anne Jakab at 203-368-2648 or [email protected]

Promise for the Future: 9 of the 20 Wissel Fund Scholars at Kolbe. Back Row (l-r: Mario Dataram, Bryan Tacuri, Kevin Carbett, Mark Dataram, Gianfranco Alvarez and Christopher Lopez. Front Row: (l-r): Danielle Trotman, Ariana Trotman and Carolyn Spencer.

Promise for the Future: 9 of the 20 Wissel Fund Scholars at Kolbe. Back Row (l-r: Mario Dataram, Bryan Tacuri, Kevin Carbett, Mark Dataram, Gianfranco Alvarez and Christopher Lopez. Front Row: (l-r): Danielle Trotman, Ariana Trotman and Carolyn Spencer.

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