Our Lady University Franciscan missionaries received a gift of US $ 100,000 from the Edward L. Answers Family foundation to create the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theology Scholarship to provide scholarship support to theology majors, especially those interested in teaching theology in Catholic schools.

Catherine Blanchard, A 2017 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge is the first recipient of the scholarship.

The Edward L. Rispone Family Foundation established the foundation in honor of the Notre Dame School Sisters who taught Eddie Rispone and thousands of other students at St. Gerard Majella and Redemptorist High Schools from 1945 to 1985.

“Just as the School Sisters of Notre Dame trained and educated Catholic students from across Baton Rouge, graduates of the theology program at FranU will teach the Catholic faith to the next generation of students in our diocese and parish,” said Rispone, “Scholarships for a student of the theology program at FranU are vital to ensure that we remove financial barriers that allow them to complete their studies and continue the mission and legacy of the School Sisters. “

The annual gift supports students of the theology program and is given to one or more students of the FranU theology program who meet certain criteria. The individual awards are based on the needs and circumstances of the students. However, the scholarship primarily supports students who want to teach religion in a Catholic school.