Consider a Gift to Goretti’s Annual Fund
Thanks to the generosity of so many Goretti alumni, parents, and friends, the goal for the 2015-16 Annual Fund has been met and over $70,000 was raised for the school. The 2016-17 Annual Fund is underway and runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
Goretti’s Annual Fund supports the school’s mission of providing a strong academic, college preparatory foundation for our students.
• Donate a gift online or mail your gift (made payable to St. Maria Goretti High School) to 1535 Oak Hill Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Kelly Wright’s Story – “It was a small school, but big on love.”
You may be familiar with Kelly Wright, the co-anchor of Fox News “America’s News Headquarters Weekend” and the former co-host of “Fox and Friends Weekend” but you might be surprised Kelly was a financial aid student and 1974 graduate of St. Maria Goretti.
Goretti gave approximately $242,000 in financial aid this year to families who cannot afford to send their child or children to St. Maria Goretti without it.
During his time, Kelly’s was one such family. Kelly and his mother, a single parent, abruptly moved from Washington, DC in the early 1970’s when the city erupted in civil unrest and headed for the quiet ‘burg of Hagerstown to live with his grandmother. Uprooted from his neighborhood, friends, and his school, Kelly’s mother was determined Kelly receive an education that could cement his relationship with God and prepare his mind for the challenges ahead of him. Her prayers to find those standards of academic excellence were answered when she found St. Maria Goretti High School. She secured a financial aid arrangement with the school and Kelly was back on track to preparing his mind, body and soul for his future.
Kelly reminiscences about his time spent at Goretti in his recently published book, America’s Hope In Troubled Times. “For the first two years, I was the only black student at St. Maria Goretti High School. It was a small school, but big on love. Goretti as we affectionately called the school was made up of students who reached out to support each other. We were unique in that we were unafraid to band together through triumph and tragedy. Perhaps it was in our spiritual DNA to be so peculiar.”
This year, 40 percent of our students qualified for financial aid. Unfortunately, Goretti can only award half of the tuition costs for these students because there is just not enough money to go around.
Families who struggle just to make ends meet, like Kelly’s mother, teeter on the edge of not being able to give their child the benefits of a solid Catholic education because they just can’t afford it. The annual tuition cost for a student is $11,950 and the cost rises each passing year. Although Goretti receives generous donations from many sources there still is simply not enough money to pay the way of every student who needs help.
You will see the product of your investment in the number of Goretti students who continue their education. In fact, our newest alums, the 59 students in the class of 2013, earned $4.8 million in college scholarships.
So, even if you aren’t familiar with Kelly Wright, we hope you recall fondly your own stories of Goretti and find those memories worth paying it forward for the students who now walk in your footsteps through the halls of Gael territory.
Learn About the Annual Fund
What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund provides monetary and other types of resources to:
• Offset the costs of our operating budget
• Provide financial aid (merit-based and need-based) to students
• Increase available technology for students and faculty/staff
• Obtain state-of-the-art Instructional Enhancements (classroom equipment and resources
• Conduct a yearly Mission Trip
Why is giving to the Annual Fund so important?
1. Helps members of the Goretti family
2. Helps the School at large to remain viable
3. Supports the mission of the church – making Catholic education accessible and affordable
The Annual Fund is the life blood of the school. Without help, our aid-receiving students would not have been able to attend Goretti. With additional funds available for financial aid, we can help many more students to attend who wanted to but could not afford full tuition. Additional students also means expanded program offerings and opportunities for all.