A number of Roselle Catholic alumni have taken the initiative to create memorial scholarships to perpetuate the memory of a classmate or family member and honor and commemorate their legacy by assuring a Roselle Catholic education for the next generation of RC students.
JOSEPH REIDY '70
In 1970 attending classes remotely was stuff of science fiction. Yet, after Joe was paralyzed while diving into a swimming pool during the summer between junior and senior year, RC found a way to help the bed-ridden senior attend classes from his hospital bed.
Joe was a “virtual student” before there was such a thing, attending each of his classes every day during his senior year. With the help of the local telephone company, the school’s administration installed a specially designed and dedicated telephone line and speaker system in one of the classrooms. While this doesn’t sound particularly sophisticated by current standards, such technology was basically unheard of in 1969, and Joe’s set-up represented a major undertaking by everyone involved.
With the help of his family, friends and teachers, Joe successfully finished his high school curriculum and graduated with his class, in person, in June 1970. He then went off to college, and had a distinguished career, for thirty years, with the Internal Revenue Service.
Throughout his life, Joe remained loyal to RC, ever thankful for the opportunity the school gave him to graduate. He often attended games and other events at the school, always proud to be a Lion. He was an inspiration to everyone who met him, right up to the day of his passing, February 23, 2011, at the age of 58.
Joe’s classmates and other friends have honored his memory with a successful scholarship drive. With leadership from Joe’s brother Ed, Mike Walsh, ’70 and Joe Higgins, ’72, the scholarship fund raised over $40,000 in its first year to fund four $2,500 four-year scholarships.
While Joe has passed on, the Joseph A. Reidy Scholars will keep his spirit alive and well at RC!
JENNIFER LYNCH ’89
In February 2013, the Roselle Catholic community suffered the loss of someone who embodied what it means to be a Lion, Jennifer "Jenny" Lynch of the Class of 1989.
Jenny Lynch of Roselle graduated from Roselle Catholic in 1989. During her time at RC she participated in basketball, softball, tennis, and track. Jenny is one of four siblings who are Lions, and she has been followed by countless cousins.
The Jennifer Lynch Scholarship was established in 2013 to help support a member of the RC community who is an active participant.
The scholarship is awarded to students that personify all of the qualities the RC community loved in Jenny — talented athletes, hard working students, and dependable friends. Most of all they are good people who love life and treasure their time as Roselle Catholic students.
In 2015 there were two scholarships presented, both in honor of Jenny Lynch.
Kevin Lynch '87, Jenny's brother, along with Nicol Spigai-Klein '89 presented Kelsea Van Vliet with a scholarship for $3,000. Senior, Brittany Zwiebel, received $1,000.
Richard (Dick) Sweeney, from the RC Class of 1966. is one of the trio that created the Keurig single cup brewing system, one of the truly great stories in the history of American business.
Dick is the first to tell you that his wife Elisabeth – known to everyone as “Els” – deserves as much credit for Keurig’s success as he does. Her unqualified support of what would have appeared to many spouses as “pie-in-the-sky” fantasy freed Dick to throw his heart and soul (and just about everything else) into the development of the now-famous brewer.
On September 17, 2015, Els passed away after years of courageously dealing with cancer. Right until the end, she maintained her positive outlook on life, and faced her situation with incredible grace - not a hint of self-pity, and grateful for the many years she had enjoyed with Dick and their daughter.
Dick now wishes to honor Els and to help Roselle Catholic at the same time, by matching contributions to the Elisabeth Sweeney Memorial Scholarship Fund up to $25,000.
In fall of 2014, the first group of Roselle Catholic Seniors were able to learn in a brand new learning lab, thanks to the generosity of Paul DeCarlo and his family.
Unfortunately, in March of 2013 the RC community lost one of the class of 1984’s shining stars after a battle with cancer. His mother Elaine and sister Pamela wanted his legacy to be of benefit to others and since Paul loved Roselle Catholic, it made sense for RC students to be those beneficiaries.
The HealthPro Lab enables students to gain experience and confidence in performing a variety of nursing technologies. They practice using actual hospital equipment, are given instruction and guidance on a number of nursing skills. This scholarship will allow RC students to continue learning important nursing concepts and will provide necessary upgrades and enhancements to the program and lab.
THE EDWARD JOSEPH SISK SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Daughter Erin shared, “They say age is just a number, despite only having 60 short years, Dad accomplished more than most do in 90 years. He joined the Elizabeth Fire Department and quickly climbed the ranks, but never with sacrificing any aspect of his family life. He stood by us all in any way he could. We are better people for having Eddie Sisk in our lives, but we are even better for having been loved by him.”
One alum, having attended Ed's wake and funeral mass, told me that it resembled the memorial for a Head of State. Knowing Ed, I think he’d be embarrassed by that. Yet, for us he left behind and the wide orbit he touched, it’s a tribute we know he deserves.
In his memory, Ed’s family and family’s have established The Edward Joseph Sisk Scholarship Fund at Roselle Catholic.
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Roselle Catholic High School
Attn: Office of Development
350 Raritan Road
Roselle, NJ 07203
STOCKS & SECURITIES
Donating stocks and securities can also allow you to continue the Roselle Catholic tradition. Please contact Dave Boff, Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (908) 245-2350 for further information.
CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS
Please remember that many companies will match their employees' gifts to educational and other non-profits on a 1:1 basis. Donors can go to their Human Resources Department and request a matching gift form and send along with donation to the Pride of The Lions Fund to Roselle Catholic.