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$2.7 million dollar gift from Bernie Rondolone ‘65

West Catholic Preparatory High School has announced a $2.7 million dollar gift from Bernie Rondolone ‘65.

“I decided to include West Catholic Prep in my estate planning because these are students from my old neighborhood, and my old school, and being a part of their education is an honor. The Brothers and Sisters who taught at West instilled in me a desire to serve.”

President of West Catholic Prep Andrew Brady ‘02 reflected on the difference this will make for students. “With this incredible gift, Bernie has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the school’s mission and the students we serve. Bernie’s generosity will allow us to continue to build upon the important work of West Catholic Prep, and ensure an affordable Catholic education for students in West and Southwest Philadelphia for generations to come.”

Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia who oversees Catholic education throughout the five-county Archdiocese said, “On behalf of Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez, Faith in the Future Foundation, along with leadership in the Office of Catholic Education and our valued partners in education, I express deep gratitude to Mr. Bernie Rondolone for his generosity to and investment in the West Catholic Preparatory High School community. The impact of The Nicholas and Mary Rondolone Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide future WCPHS students with the gift of a Catholic education and prepare them to be future leaders for our Church and society.”

“I’d like to thank the school for accepting this scholarship to be endowed thus enabling my family’s name to be remembered in perpetuity for generations to come,” Bernie said. “I’m also very grateful to the Lasallian order of Christian Brothers for their selfless dedication in enabling myself and generations of students from various backgrounds to receive an education to be proud of. May God Bless you all.”

Bernie hopes his gift will encourage others to do the same. The Nicholas and Mary Rondolone Scholarship will be endowed and live in perpetuity, continuing to grow and support hundreds of students with tuition assistance. We are so thrilled to announce this gift, and most importantly the impact it will have on our students and families.

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