St. John the Baptist School seeks to provide our current students with new opportunities for scholarships as they become available.  Below is a list of scholarship(s) that are currently offered:  

Mary E. Kirwan Catholic Education Scholarship

The Mary E. Kirwan Catholic Education Scholarship was established in 2014 in honor of the founder of our Scramble Golf Tournament and Scholarship Dinner, Mary E. Kirwan. A woman dedicated to Catholic education and the St. John the Baptist community, Mary has nurtured this from its infancy to the premier event it is today. A scholarship has been established that is awarded annually to a student who embodies the qualities consistent with Mary’s character—demonstrating leadership, faith, service, and the pursuit of excellence.

The Mary E. Kirwan Catholic Education Scholarship is awarded each June. Students are nominated by faculty members and undergo a rigorous interview process. Each student selected is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship for emulating the qualities consistent with Mary Kirwan's legacy. These young ladies and gentlemen distinguished themselves with their talents and deeds to be exceptionally deserving and worthy of this award.

Mary Kerwin

We invite you to contribute to the Mary E. Kirwan Catholic Education Scholarship.

Kindly send the printable donation form (below) to:

Donation Card
St. John the Baptist School
Attn.:  Advancement Office
1085 Englewood Avenue
Kenmore, NY  14223

The Joseph and Joan Denzak Memorial Scholarship

The Joseph and Joan Denzak Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014.  Long-time parishioners Joseph and Joan Denzak sent their Denzak Scholarshipnine children to St. John’s School; some of their grandchildren are alums of the school, as well. 

Established by the pair’s nine children, they created this ongoing memorial to honor their parents and the sacrifices they made to ensure their children obtained a Catholic education.  The scholarship was born on the premise that a Catholic education provides a strong foundation for morality, respect for others, and a sense of altruism. The Denzak’s firmly believed that it’s important to use the advantages and gifts that God has given to a person not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of others around you.  To be a true Christian, one must have faith and do God’s work…with the two going hand-in-hand.

Each year, a graduating eighth grader planning to attend a Catholic high school is awarded this scholarship.  Ideally, the recipient comes from a larger family demonstrating some type of need. Moreover, the recipient should be an average student—someone who does not normally receive an academic award, but one who puts forth tremendous effort with his or her academics.  The recipient of the scholarship is announced each year during the graduation commencement ceremony.

The Neil M. Thomson (‘57) Memorial Scholarship

The Neil M. Thomson (‘57) Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018. This scholarship was made possible due to the generosity of the Thomson Family and their commitment to a St. John’s Catholic education. It honors Mr. Thomson’s memory and is strongly based on financial need. 

Mr. Thomson’s family wished to honor Neil's memory by awarding this $3,000 scholarship to a current sixth grade student, with half of the scholarship money to be applied to the student’s seventh grade tuition and the other half to his or her eighth grade tuition. To be eligible, students by maintaining a cumulative average of 80% or above, demonstrate financial need, obtain a letter of recommendation from a current teacher, and complete a detailed essay about why a St. John’s education is important to him or her and how it has prepared him or her for junior high and beyond. The recipient of the scholarship is announced at a school mass in the fall.