The Diocese of Knoxville Catholic Schools Office received great news March 17: the Black and Indian Mission Office in Washington, D.C., announced the awarding of a $15,000 scholarship grant toward tuition assistance for Black students at Notre Dame High School, which has 49 Black students in a student body of 380.
The Black and Indian Mission Office formerly consisted of three separate missions founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops in the late 1800s and early 1900s before being combined under one mission office in 1980. The Mission Office cooperates with diocesan communities to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and respond to real and pressing needs on the ground.
Notre Dame High School president George Valadie expressed his gratitude to the Mission Office for Notre Dame High School being its first recipient of this scholarship grant in the diocese. Dr. Sedonna Prater, superintendent of Catholic Schools, also expressed her gratitude for the grant. “It has always been the goal of Catholic education that no one who wants to attend a Catholic school would be turned away,” she said, “and with this grant, we are assisted in standing by this promise.”
For more information, visit blackandindianmission.org.