St. Joseph of the Pines (SJP) has renewed its partnership with St. John Paul II (SJPII) Catholic School in Southern Pines for middle-school scholarships at the school in memory of Bishop F. Joseph Gossman, Bishop Emeritus of Raleigh.

SJP will award two rising sixth grade students residing in Moore County with three years of full tuition, excluding transportation to and from school, to cover middle school learning at SJPII.

“We have a wonderful relationship with St. Joseph of the Pines, one that we wish to maintain and nurture,” said SJPII Principal John Donohue. “In our parish school, we educate the whole child, in Mind, Body, and Spirit. These scholarships will go a long way in helping us fulfill this aspect of our mission.”

In addition to a completed application, candidates must write a 300- to 500-word essay, provide documentation of an A/B grade average for the current school year, and submit two reference letters, one of which should be from a current teacher whereas the other one may be from a personal acquaintance such as a family friend, pastor, or coach.

“We want to hear how attending St. John Paul II Catholic School will change a student’s life,” said Lori Portfleet, president at St. Joseph of the Pines. “We’re looking for what a private school education means to the applicant. This partnership is a natural extension of our faith-driven missions.”

The Gossman Scholarship will be granted for the 2018-2019 academic school year and is renewable for the following two years provided the student maintains an A/B grade average. The deadline for applications is March 1.

“This year our theme is ‘For me to live is Christ,’“ Donohue said. “With this theme, we strive to live and act with Christ as the focal point of the school and in our thoughts, words, and actions. Partnering with another faith-based institution is a natural extension of our theme.”

To learn more about the scholarship or the school itself, visit the SJPII website at or call (910) 215-4099 during school hours. Walk-in tours are offered every Tuesday at 10 a.m., as well as personal tours by appointment.

St. John Paul II Catholic School, a mission of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, is dedicated to preparing the hearts and minds of its students for spiritual growth, academic excellence, personal responsibility, and service to others according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith.

St. Joseph of the Pines is an aging services network offering a full continuum of retirement housing, health care and community-based services for older adults as well as community outreach to those in need. It is a Trinity Health Senior Community continuing the legacy of the Sisters of Providence.



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