A new Scholarship Fund has been established at the Catholic Foundation to honor the memory of Rev. David Monahan by Joan O’Neill, a former Sooner Catholic newspaper staff colleague. The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to be a perpetual endowment fund to provide high school scholarship(s) in the name of Rev. David Monahan to Catholic student(s) from Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School and/or Mount St. Mary Catholic High School.
Father Monahan died Oct. 28, 2010, after serving 57 years as a priest in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He served as principal of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School from 1963 until 1971 when he was appointed Superintendent of Catholic Schools. He served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools until 1974. Father Monahan is probably best known across the Archdiocese for his work as founding editor of The Sooner Catholic, where he served for 20 years (1974 to 1994). Following the death of Rev. Stanley Rother at the Archdiocesan mission in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, in 1981, Father Monahan published “The Shepherd Cannot Run,” a compilation of letters from Father Rother to friends and family. In 1994, Father Monahan took a sabbatical to research and draft a biography of Father Rother. This work became a passion for Father Monahan, who found the personal story of Father Rother to be a great inspiration.
The Scholarship Award will be in the form of tuition assistance. The student must be enrolled in a journalism class at the school during the year he/she receives the Scholarship Award and must have distinguished himself/herself in academics and leadership. A selection committee appointed by the Foundation will determine the annual recipient(s). The Foundation will determine annually if there is sufficient income and growth of the Fund to warrant a Scholarship Award and to confirm the amount of the award. If it is determined that there is not sufficient earnings and growth to award a scholarship, any income and growth will be added to the Fund in order for it to continue to grow and provide scholarships in future years. When only one award is granted, the recipient will alternate between the two high schools. When multiple awards are given, equal distribution will be applied taking into consideration scholarships granted the previous year.
If you are interested in making a donation to build this endowment fund and help to grow the number and amount of scholarship(s) awarded, please send your tax-deductible contribution to the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 32180, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123.