Bacon, donations, matching of those donations all spurred by Smithfield and Benedictine parents, alumni and teachers. February 7, 2020 marks the fourth annual Day of Giving, it will be held for 24 hours with the goal to raise at least $100,000, which Smithfield Foods will match dollar-for-dollar.
The Day of Giving's sole purpose is to bring the Benedictine community together and raise money for the Frank Parater scholarship.
Frank Parater, namesake of the scholarship, graduated from Benedictine in 1917 as valedictorian of his class. After Benedictine Frank went to Rome to study to be a priest but died a few years later. He is up for sainthood and remains a prominent figure in the Benedictine community. Mr. Grapes, headmaster of Benedictine, has recently taken the mantle of pushing for Frank's canonization in the Catholic Church. This involves petitioning the Catholic Church to look at the information that has been collected about his life.
A little about Frank: he was one of the first Eagle Scouts in the United States, an avid stamp collector and a visionary, he predicted the importance that football would gain in America even before the NFL was formed. He truly was a man before his time. One of the interesting stories about Frank was he once sent a letter to the crown of England and asked if they would trade stamps with him. He was an outgoing man and never afraid of being turned down.
He is the very best example of what Benedictine's mission strives to do. To form Christian men of conscience, discipline and achievement. "[He was a] great guy," Cadet Jake Bartholomue '21 stated. "With a great heart."
This scholarship is given out to families that it would be very difficult for them to pay for full tuition: middle-class students. This scholarship enables students that could not necessarily attend Benedictine to attend the school. This scholarship can be maintained all four years of attendance if a recipient keeps his grades above a C average. The total monetary help that is given is 8,200 dollars per recipient. Currently there are about 30 recipients. This year's junior class is the first to hold the scholarship.
The Benedictine community needs your donations to help a large amount of students attend this school, please donate on February 7.