The Gerstner Family Foundation Announces Scholarship Pledge of $1.54 Million at the Catholic Diocese’s Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala

The Diocese of Palm Beach is pleased to announce the success of its 29th annual Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala which raised over $400,000 for scholarships for Catholic schools across the diocese. Nearly 300 people were in attendance at the event which was held at The Breakers, Palm Beach. The gala included a major announcement of a $1.54 million pledge in scholarships to the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Distinguished Scholars Program, as well as the presentation of new awards called the Lumen Christi Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Awards.

The Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala is the Bishop’s annual dinner dance to benefit the elementary and secondary Catholic schools of the Diocese of Palm Beach. The diocese allocates 100% of the net proceeds of the Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala to needs-based tuition scholarships, which are shared equally among the 17 schools.

On behalf of Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. and the Gerstner Family Foundation, two scholarship recipients, Maria Miller of John Carroll High School in Ft. Pierce and Michael Mendez of Saint John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton, announced a continued commitment and pledge of $1.54 million by the Gerstner Family Foundation to provide four additional years of scholarships to high school students through the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Distinguished Scholars Program. Currently there are 36 high school students attending schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach who are part of the scholars program. The scholarships require recipients to excel academically, perform service in their schools and communities, and demonstrate leadership in co-curricular activities. Annually, three scholarships are awarded to students entering the freshman class at each of the three diocesan high schools. The scholarships provide up to $11,000 per year for tuition and fees for each student’s four years of high school study.

In 2005, Mr. Gerstner began the program with an initial gift of $72,000. With this latest commitment, the Gerstner Family Foundation will be providing nearly $400,000 a year to students enrolled in the diocese’s Catholic high schools.

New at this year’s Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala was the presentation of the Lumen Christi Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Awards, which were given to 17 recipients. The Diocese of Palm Beach asked each school to select an individual, couple or team, who exemplify the four elements of the award: learn, serve, lead and succeed. Recipients were selected for their commitment to Catholic education and the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach. A list of the award recipients and a summary of their contributions to Catholic schools is posted on the Office of Catholic Schools website at

The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach provide for the education and formation of more than 6,000 students throughout the diocese's five counties.

The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 225,749 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its elementary, middle and high schools.


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