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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 2018 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' 2017-2018 tuition at Villa.

To apply:

  • Submit essay or video by Monday, March 19, 2018, to Melissa Morley Amour ‘90, Director of Communications & Alumnae Relations, at
  • If submitting a video via flash drive, it may be turned in to Laura Lasky, Director of Admissions, in an envelope marked ‘Mother Maria Kaupas Scholarship.’
  • All submissions must include the student’s name, class year, and email address.

Winners will be notified by mail by April 20, 2018. Questions should be directed to Melissa Amour at or Laura Lasky at

Congratulations to our 2017 Mother Maria Kaupas Scholarship winners:
Christina Lyons '18
Victoria Petner '19
Rose Vizza '20
Angela Farinella '21 

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

Alumnae Office

Melissa Morley Amour '90
(Lauren '17)
Director of Communications & Alumnae Relations
215-357-8810 ext. 115

Mary Beth Davis Walinskas '96
Advancement Associate
215-357-8810 ext. 208 

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

Villa Joseph Marie High School

1180 Holland Road, Holland, PA 18966


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