DARKE COUNTY — The Darke County Foundation recently awarded 14 scholarships totaling $10,500 to young men in the community who are studying to be Catholic priests. The North Deaneries Seminarian Fund supported every seminarian from the Sidney and St. Mary’s deaneries of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
The awards were presented at the annual Serra Club dinner for priests and seminarians on Dec. 29 at the Maria Stein Spiritual Center.
The scholarship fund was established by Melvin and Mary Ann Stucke of Versailles, and it has grown with additional donations from the community.
“We wanted to show seminarians that we support them and are so proud of their decision to serve the Church community,” said Melvin. “Becoming a priest requires so many years of study and discipline that we hope these scholarships give them a little boost,” he added.
As an endowment fund, the North Deaneries Seminarian Fund operates primarily from investment income, providing scholarships every year in perpetuity. Donations may be made to the Darke County Foundation, P.O. Box 438, Greenville, OH 45331. For more information, call (937) 548-4673. The Darke County Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of area residents.