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July, 2019

School of Nursing Receives Generous Gift


Julia Omatade 

Alumna Leocadia Wolak Zak recently made a gift of $226,880 to establish the Leocadia Wolak Zak Endowed Scholarship Fund. Her endowment will benefit nurses who hope to pursue graduate study in the University's School of Nursing.

"Gifts to students at the graduate level like Mrs. Zak's are so important to those pursuing advanced degrees," said Patricia McMullen, dean of the School of Nursing. "Mrs. Zak mentioned that financial assistance is not as readily available to working nurses trying to finance graduate education as it is to undergraduate students," said McMullen.

Zak received her B.S.N.E. in 1947 and worked as a nurse in the New England area for many years. She is married to Frank Zak and lives in Lynn, Mass. They have three children, Francis W. Zak, Mary Zak Archambault, and Leocadia I. Zak.

Two Student Teachers Share Inaugural Award


This postcard was mailed to those who contributed to the Annual Fund. The message of gratitude on the back of the card says "Every dollar counts."


Earlier this year The Hattie M. Strong Foundation awarded Catholic University a grant of $10,000 to provide scholarship support for education students in the student-teacher portion of the University's program. Katelyn Browher (2011) and Anthony Burke (2011) were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship. They were selected by a committee of education department faculty based on their classroom experiences and how well they expressed their passion for teaching.

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation supports educational programs that emphasize classroom teaching and students who demonstrate enthusiasm and passion in the classroom. Browher and Burke had successful student teaching experiences and both graduated committed to continuing their pursuit of teaching careers. Browher has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in Romania, and Burke is applying to graduate programs in education.

Annual Fund Surpasses $1 Million

The Catholic University of America Annual Fund set a new record with $1,003,146 raised in fiscal year 2010-2011. The Annual Fund provides support to hundreds of University students, helping them to pursue their education and their dreams. The Office of University Development's ad campaign, POSSIBILITIES, introduces donors and potential donors to students like Julia Omatade (pictured above) who benefited from the Annual Fund. The development office extends its appreciation to all who have contributed to the Annual Fund.

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