SOMERVILLE, NJ - Isabelle LaRoche of Branchburg is the first recipient of the Sister Mary Dee Ellis IHM ’91 Memorial Scholarship.

Sister Mary Dee Ellis served in South America for 16 years, as well as in the states, before becoming the Novice Directress of the IHM community. She died in January, 2018. The scholarship, set up by her family, was created to preserve the memory and share the story of Sister Mary Dee in the hopes of inspiring others to follow her example of helping to make the world a better place by living her Catholic faith.

The $10,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a rising Immaculata Junior for senior year tuition for the next 10 years each spring. To qualify, one must reflect the values and example of Sister Mary Dee, with a particular emphasis on the unique elements of her character. All who knew her valued her kindness, compassion, and thoughtfulness and admired her strong faith commitment, dedication to service, especially to the poor, and her self-effacing, peaceful and happy temperament. 

Immaculata School Director Msgr. Seamus Brennan said, “I am deeply grateful to the Ellis Family for this extraordinary recognition of Sister Mary Dee. This Memorial Scholarship will help to promote the outstanding qualities Sister Mary Dee possessed: kindness, generosity, a servant’s heart and a deep love for the Lord Jesus. Sister Mary Dee pursued excellence in all she did and is a great model for all of us. I ask all members of the Immaculate Conception/ Immaculata Family to remember Sister Mary Dee in their prayers.”