Mother Maria Kaupas Scholarship

The Mother Maria Kaupas Scholarship was established in 2015 by the Villa Joseph Marie Class of 1960, in celebration of the class's 55th reunion, to honor our school’s Foundress and to reward students who emulate her virtues. This financial aid scholarship provides four one-time $1,000 tuition awards to four Villa students—one rising Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior—who are passionate advocates and activists for positive change in the areas of social justice, environment, science, medicine, engineering, arts, literature, or culture.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Mother Maria Kaupas Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship should be able to demonstrate and document their commitment to their causes. An applicant for this scholarship should submit EITHER an essay (up to 1,000 words) OR a video (up to 3 minutes), that captures her vision, awareness, and activism for her cause. While the applicant should feel free to express her creativity in her submission, the primary purpose is to demonstrate that she has committed substantial time, energy, and resources to further her cause. The scholarship will be applied to the winning students' 2019-2020 tuition at Villa.

To apply:

  • Submit essay or video by Monday, April 15, 2019, to Stephanie Gahagan, Director of Admissions, at sagahan@vjmhs.org.
  • All submissions must include the student’s name, class year, and email address.

Winners will be notified by mail by mid-May. Questions should be directed to

Stephanie Gahagan, at sgahagan@vjmhs.org.

Congratulations to our 2018 Mother Maria Kaupas Scholarship winners:
Jacqueline Armetta '19
Samantha O'Hara '19
Julia Glatfelter '20
Julia Cunningham '21
Riley Bowes '22

Please click here to make a monetary contribution to the Mother Maria Kaupas Scholarship.

Alumnae Relations Office

Mary Beth Davis Walinskas '96
Alumnae Relations Coordinator
215-357-8810 ext. 208
mwalinskas@vjmhs.org

Cathleen Murway
(Danielle '91, Jordan '20)
Alumnae Relations Assistant
215-357-8810 ext. 130
cmurw@vjmhs.org