Staff Report (Florida Catholic)
The Diocese of Venice Catholic Community Foundation announced three outstanding area Catholic High School students as recipients of the 2016 Coseglia Scholarship award.
The students are: Brianna Garrett, Bishop Verot Catholic High School, Fort Myers; Caeli Cormier, Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Sarasota; and Elizabeth Ullrich, St. John Neumann Catholic High School, Naples.
Frank and Florence Coseglia wanted to offer support for deserving Catholic high school graduates with strong academic achievement in the Diocese of Venice in Florida, who planned to go to college, and who also had a history of service to their school, parish and community.
To accomplish that goal, the Coseglias included in their will the establishment of an endowment with the Catholic Community Foundation to grant college scholarships to graduating students from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Venice in Florida. The amount of each scholarship varies from year to year with the first scholarship offered in 2012.
To qualify for the Coseglia scholarship, students must have a record of strong academic achievement, a history of service to their School, Parish and Community, as well as a need for financial support. Students were nominated by their high school faculty and approved by a committee of members of the Catholic Community Foundation and Education Office. Each scholarship recipient earns a one-time scholarship of $1,878 toward the cost of their university studies. This is the sixth year the Coseglia Scholarship has been awarded to outstanding Diocese of Venice Catholic High School graduates.
The dream of the Coseglias was once again realized with the selection of Brianna Garrett, Caeli Cormier and Elizabeth Ullrich.
“My guidance counselor Ms. (Maria) Barbato came to me and said I would make a great candidate for Coseglia because of all the community service I’ve done through my church – and it would be a great opportunity,” Verot’s Brianna Garrett said after learning she was one of three Coseglia Scholarship winners from across the Diocese of Venice during an award ceremony at Bishop Verot.said.
“I was incredibly surprised,” Garrett said. “I had no idea who else had applied, so I wasn’t sure what my chances were. Seeing my mom in the audience made me so happy.”
Dr. Kristy Swol, Diocese of Venice Director of Education said the Coseglia Scholarships “create an awareness of the opportunity to support higher education and future leaders in our Catholic communities.”
Those interested in learning how to set up an annual scholarship in their name, or the name of a loved one should contact the Catholic Community Foundation at 941-441-1124.