Benefactors Highlight

Sr Ellis Award

Sister Mary Dee Ellis IHM ’91 Memorial Scholarship

Pictured: Immaculata’s Head of School Joan Silo, Tom Ellis, Ann Ellis Wooley, Isabelle LaRoche, Msgr. Brennan, Fr. Tholitho, Ted and Marge Ellis.

The family of the late Sister Mary Dee Ellis IHM ’91 has established a Memorial Scholarship, honoring her memory with the intent of inspiring others to carry on her commitment to Catholic education. The very generous scholarship of $10,000 for a rising Immaculata Junior for senior year tuition will be awarded each spring to a selected student for the next 10 years. 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.

Isabelle LaRoche of Branchburg is the first recipient of the Sister Mary Dee Ellis IHM ’91 Memorial Scholarship. Immaculata School Director Monsignor 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.”

Spartan Pillar: SCHOLARSHIP

BenifactorsCaption: Freshmen demonstrate the features of new digital microscopes made available by the Rasweilers' generous contributions.

Bishop Checchio, Msgr. Brennan, and the Immaculata community were blessed to honor John and Millie Rasweiler for their faith-filled commitment and sacrifice to Catholic education. This year alone, their generous contributions have already enhanced the school's STEM course offerings and will continue to strengthen the academic excellence at Immaculata High School.

Beginning with a prayer of thanksgiving from Bishop Checchio, retired Principal Jean Kline presented the Rasweilers with a plaque, dedicating the new STEM Resource Lab in their names. Students and faculty then provided demonstrations of the new equipment being used throughout the Science and Math departments.