SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's students and staff were very active contributing to the Student-to Student Scholarship Drive when the school celebrated Student Philanthropy Day on Friday.
The Student-to-Student Scholarship Drive was a High-Five Tag Day at UC as students were asked to make donations that will fund a scholarship for one current eighth grade student who will be a member of UC's Class of 2024.
"Student Philanthropy Day is part of a nationwide initiative, and we tell the students that philanthropy is giving your time and treasure to make someone's life better,'' said Mr. John Rotondo, a member of Union Catholic's Development Department.
"Going along with our social justice initiative, we celebrate Student Philanthropy Day through the Student-to-Student Scholarship Drive. The students benefit greatly from a Union Catholic education, and it's wonderfully inspiring to see them come together to pay it forward to give that same opportunity to an upcoming eighth grade student, giving them the opportunity of a Union Catholic education so they can leave their mark and contribute to the fabric of the school.''
As part of this year's Student-to-Student Scholarship campaign, UC's Development Department and the Student Council Executive Board presented a video (see the link below this story) at all the class meetings this week showing an interview with past Student-to-Student Scholarship recipients, sophomore Esme Dorcellus and junior Lilyana Roque.
UC senior Gabe Abood, the Student Council Secretary, conducted the interview with Dorcellus and Roque.
“The Student-to-Student Scholarship encapsulates the mindset and intention of Union Catholic with an integral aspect being a concerted effort on community, education, charity all going hand and hand,’’ said Abood. “A student giving to another student is something I feel is unique to Union Catholic. The great environment here allows for something like this to happen and I’m encouraged this something that the school does for years to come.’’
Abood said it’s very gratifying to help someone get the same great opportunity as a student at Union Catholic.
“Knowing how much I loved my experience at Union Catholic, and knowing we are helping another student do the same is such a great feeling’’ said Abood. “It’s always great to give back."