Liandra is a fifth grader attending St. Michael’s School (SMS) in Newark. We asked her mother, Linda Lee, why she decided to enroll her daughter in Catholic school and she said, “I saw St. Michael’s as the best place to insure that she would receive a well-rounded education. The teachers are always offering help and making sure the students exceed. She really loves the school, the staff and she does her best to succeed.”
Ms. Lee, is a single mom on a secretary salary. She struggles financially, even with support from her family, to pay for her youngest to go to a babysitter and her oldest to attend Catholic School. “Without this help from The Scholarship Fund some basic necessities might be impacted.”
Liandra comes from a tradition of Catholic School education. Her mother, her uncles and her older cousins attended St. Michael’s and went on to St. Vincent’s High School and Queen of Peace High School. “As soon as my youngest is potty-trained, and old enough to attend St. Michael’s, I will enroll her as well,” said Ms. Lee.
Liandra is active in and out of school. She participated as one of the presenters during SFIC Founder and Newark Archbishop Emeritus Peter L. Gerety’s funeral. “I volunteer in my parish at St. Michael. During Thanksgiving we prepare bags of food and during Christmas we organize gifts for the less fortunate. I love helping others.” Last year Liandra won a competition creating cover artwork for Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. She placed first in the competition among all 4th graders throughout New Jersey.
“The scholarship has made it easier for my mom to provide for me and my little sister. We are truly blessed and continue to thank God every day for his angels.” To all the “angels” who support SFIC and our scholarships, “Thank you! I pray for you daily. You are all positive role models for us and someday I hope be able to give to others too!” Liandra’s angels are the SFIC friends whose gifts have made it possible for The Scholarship Fund to assist over 50,000 inner-city low income students with tuition assistance totaling over $40 million.