Mendel Catholic Prep Alumni Foundation, Inc.

"Building Mendel's Legacy through Charitable Works and Deeds"

Mendel Catholic Prep Alumni Foundation, Inc.

Scholarships Awarded to Augustinian High School Students


We are also pleased to announce that Mendel Foundation Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 were recently awarded to St. Rita and Providence High Schools to be given to descendants of Mendel graduates.

Scholarship Awards Overview

The purpose of the Mendel Catholic Prep Alumni Foundation is to provide financial support in the forms of scholarships, and mentoring, for the children and grandchildren of Mendel alumni, and worthy students at Augustinian, and other Catholic High Schools throughout Illinois, who have shown the aptitude and commitment to their education, but whose families may not have the resources to ensure completion of their undergraduate degrees.

What is meant by ‘the advancement of education’?

Charity law gives a wide meaning to education and does not limit it to education in a classroom environment. A Charitable foundation's aim is for the public benefit, and education must be capable of being ‘advanced’. This means to promote, sustain and increase individual and collective knowledge and understanding of specific areas of study, skills and expertise.

Today, education includes:

  • formal education;

  • community education;

  • physical education and development of young people;

  • training (including vocational training) and life-long learning;

  • research and adding to collective knowledge and understanding of specific areas of study and expertise;

  • the development of individual capabilities, competence's, skills and understanding;

The Purpose of the scholarships that the Mendel Catholic Prep Alumni Foundation will award will be to recognize those students who exhibit the qualities, maturity, professionalism, and commitment to academic excellence that were present among the students and administration of Mendel Catholic Prep High School from 1951 to 1988. That commitment is to academic excellence, community involvement, Christian values and Christian purpose.

The Mendel Catholic Prep Alumni Foundation has dedicated a scholarship award in memory of the four (4) decades that Mendel helped build the Chicago Catholic League into a premier league for high school education, and to the Father of Genetics, Gregor Mendel, The observations he made while growing peas in his monastery's garden became the foundation of modern genetics and the study of heredity. Gregor Mendel is honored and revered by all Mendel alumni, scientists and scholars around the world:

The 1950s- The Father John Seary, OSA/Men of Tolentine Memorial Scholarship Award-This award is named after the founder of Mendel and The Men of Tolentine, the organization that Father Seary founded to help Augustinians missionary work Nationally and Internationally.

Applications not available until 2013..

The 1960s- The Lou Guida Memorial Scholarship Award-If one thinks of Mendel one can not help but remember the great motivator and coach Lou Guida, and his impact on Mendel, the Chicago Catholic League and the Roseland/West Pullman community.

Applications not available until 2013.

The 1970s-The Father John Gavin Scholarship Award- This scholarship is named after Father John Gavin the Augustinian who led Mendel through its most difficult cultural, and racial transition and never gave up on Mendel or the students at Mendel. Under his leadership Mendel became one of the most academically superior schools in the Chicago Catholic League.

Applications not available until 2013.

The 1980s-The Lasting Impressions Scholarship Award- This award is dedicated to the Mendel Alumni of the 1980s who stayed the course of academic and athletic excellence. It is also dedicated to alumni from all the years of Mendel who have made a lasting impression on Mendel as a school and the community in which it served.

Applications not available until 2013.

The Gregor Mendel Science & Technology Scholarship Award- This award is given to enable and encourage academically talented individuals to pursue careers in the fields of Engineering, Science and Technology.

Applications not available until 2013.

Scholarships open to the College Bound or Matriculating Children/Grandchildren of Mendel alumni and all Catholic High School Students

SCHOLARSHIP GRANT GUIDELINES

MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION

The Nature of the Scholarship Benefit

The MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION will make scholarships

to qualified individuals in order to advance its exempt educational purposes. The number and size of scholarship grants made each year will be set annually by the Board of Directors. While it is intended that scholarships shall be made only to individuals, on rare occasions, grants may be made to the following:

(1) Educational or charitable institutions recognized as tax-exempt under IRC 501(c)(3) for the benefit of the grantee,

(2) Other organizations exclusively for educational or charitable purposes, with the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION retaining discretion and control within the meaning of Rev. Rul. 68-489.

(3) The amount of each scholarship shall be determined at the discretion of the Board of Directors and shall depend upon the number of applicants and each applicant’s particular needs.

(4) Scholarships will be disbursed in accordance with the scholarship application and implementation policies and procedures that have been approved by the Board of Directors to individual grantees who are selected on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, and who are not related by blood or marriage to any officer or director of the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION, for charitable, educational or scientific purposes, with discretion and control retained by the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION within the meaning of Rev. Rul. 56-304,

Educational Loans

At this time there are no plans to make loans rather than outright grants. However, if loans are approved in the future, they will be approved and administered in the same non-discriminatory fashion, and with the same protections to protect against conflicts of interest.

Eligibility

Applicants must qualify for admission to a college or university that is recognized by the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION as a qualified post secondary educational institution. Factors to be considered in approving a scholarship grant will include such factors as academic performance, high school attended, community and recreational activities, financial need, work experience and career aspirations. There will be no discriminatory criteria in the scholarship allocation decision except as is necessary to accomplish the charitable, educational or scientific purposes of the organization. No relative or employee of a board member, committee member or employee of the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION may be an applicant for a scholarship grant.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship Guidelines provide for the strict supervision of scholarship funds as

follows:

1. Applications will be made on forms provided by the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION. They will be subject to a deadline and reviewed on a semi-annual basis.

2. Each scholarship application will be reviewed and verified by the Board of Directors.

3. Each scholarship recipient, prior to disbursement of funds, shall execute and deliver an acknowledgment and guarantee concerning agreement with the Foundation’s purpose and use of the funds and promise to reimburse misused funds, if any. Said Agreement will include language that says: 1) the Foundation may at its option make the award payable to the educational institution; 2) The scholarship recipient must signs and agrees (Agreement attached to the payment) that any refund from the institution (given for any reason) must returned to the Foundation and not to the individual scholarship recipient; 3) The Foundation must be allowed full permission by the scholarship recipient to make inquiries to the institution about the scholarship recipient’s academic and financial status, and any other criteria that is relevant to the criteria upon which the award was granted; 4) If any misuse of the award is determined by the Foundation or institution, the scholarship recipient must pay back the misused amounts plus the prevailing interest rate (determine by prime rate as published in the WSJ at time misuse is determined) to the foundation in an agreed to time in monthly payments not to exceed 5 years. Recipients will also make a report to the Board of Directors concerning satisfactory achievement of academic goals.

4. In the case of a scholarship that will be administered by a qualified 501(c)(3) exempt organization, funds will be disbursed directly to that organization for the benefit of the grantee upon receipt of invoice or other written statement.

5. In the case of a scholarship that will be disbursed directly to an individual or nonexempt organization, the funds will be deposited in an account of the recipient’s choosing, where they will be drawn down upon during the term of the research program or study scholarship.

Supervision

Recipients will be required to provide reports at the close of each academic year to the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION to account for expenditures to date, along with a transcript of grades and a progress report. The Board of Directors shall review each recipient on an annual basis to ensure that all funds are properly accounted for.

If it appears that any recipient has misused received funds, a member or members of the Selection Committee will (1) immediately investigate the problem and stop further disbursements; (2) report to the Board of Directors the finding; (3) conduct a hearing on the problem; (4) if a finding of misuse is determined by the Board then the Board will pursue reimbursement of the funds by what ever legal means are necessary.

Selection Committee

The members of the Scholarship Committee shall initially be the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION Board of Directors.

It is the policy of the Board that no scholarship shall be given to any individual who is related to any board member, committee member or employee of the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION. Disqualified relationships include immediate family members, employees, other legal dependents.

When the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION begins accepting applications from prospective student scholars, the Selection Committee shall evaluate all applications and shall grant scholarship awards as follows: The Board shall require the following information from each applicant:

1. A detailed description of the anticipated course of study.

2. Evidence of applicant’s academic performance while at a school associated with the Foundation, school, community and recreational activities, financial need, work experience and career aspirations.

Additional policies that shall control the function and discretion of the Board include:

1. No applicant shall be evaluated in any way based upon his/her race, color, nation or ethnic origin.

2. No applicant shall be directly related to any member of the Board of Directors, to any Board member or to any staff member.

3. Grantees will be required to sign a scholarship agreement. The agreement will require the grantee use the funds only for the purposes of the scholarship, to return any funds not so expended, and to submit reports at specified intervals regarding the grantee’s progress toward achieving the scholarship purposes.

4. The MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION may from time to time make distributions in the form of loans. The Board of Directors will determine when a loan rather than a scholarship is appropriate. In keeping with its exempt purposes, the terms of such loans will be more favorable than otherwise commercially available to the borrower. All recipients will be required to sign loan agreements which, in addition to the term of the loan and the interest rate (if any), will state the exempt purposes of the loan and the uses to which the loaned funds may be limited. The MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION will supervise loans as it believes to be necessary in the circumstances.

5. The Board shall maintain complete records of all applicants and scholarship recipients for at least three years after contact with each party has ceased.

6. No scholarships or grants shall be made until the scholarship making procedures have been reviewed and approved by the Internal Revenue Service.

MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION

GRANT GUIDELINES

1. Compliance with Federal and State Laws. In all matters concerning the granting of scholarships, and expending its resources, the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION shall fully comply with all State and Federal regulations pertaining to private charitable foundations. Specifically this should include IRC Section 501 (c)(3); IRC Sections 4941, 4942, 4943, 4944, 4945, 4958, pertinent regulations of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and applicable revenue rulings. Applicable provisions of the Illinois Charitable Foundation and Solicitation Act shall also be followed.

2. Solicitation of Scholarship Applications. The Selection Committee shall make all necessary efforts to ensure that scholarships funds are awarded without regard for the sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin of the potential applicants. Application forms will be made available to all who ask for them, and shall request information pertaining only to the applicant=s credentials and project goals.

3. Receiving and Retaining Applicant Files. Applications for funding shall be accepted twice each year during the months of May and October. Applications shall be acknowledged as they are received, and separate files shall be opened in each. All relevant information shall be retained in each applicant’s file for at least three years after action is taken on it. During June and November of each year the applications received during the prior month shall be processed and scholarship/grant awards shall be determined.

4. Criteria. The Selection Committee will select grantees whose educational plans, in the judgment of the Board of Directors, will further the exempt purposes of the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION.

5. Processing the Application. The review process shall focus upon applicant’s academic performance while at a school associated with the Foundation, school, community and recreational activities, financial need and work experience. The Selection Committee shall, within budgetary constraints, have discretion concerning the amount and method of payment for each scholarship award. The Committee may make many or few awards as is deemed prudent during each scholarship season so long as all budgeted funds are disposed of.

6. Distribution. As part of the scholarship procedure and prior to any disbursement of funds each scholarship grantee shall execute a written statement giving assurance that the funds will be expended exclusively in furtherance of those goals specified in the scholarship application and also that each grantee shall report back to the Board of Directors within 30 days after the end of each quarter as to expenditures made and progress made toward his/her educational goals. No additional funds will be disbursed for the benefit of any grantee unless the Board of Directors has received this assurance in writing. The awards shall in all cases be disbursed:

a. for the benefit of the grantee payable to the third party provider if the grantee is a 501(c)(3) organization, or

b. for the benefit of other organizations exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes, only if the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI

FOUNDATION retains discretion and control within the meaning of Rev. Rul. 68-489, or

c. to an account established by the individual if the scholarship grantee is an individual, or in the Foundation’s sole discretion, directly to the institution instead of the individual.

7. Expenditure Maintenance and Review. If the grantee fails to provide required reports or if the Board of Directors has any unsatisfied questions about the use of program funds, the Board shall conduct an investigation of the facts and circumstances of the matter. If it appears that there has been any misuse of funds by any grantee a hearing shall be conducted by the whole Board. The grantee shall be invited to attend the Board hearing and may present evidence that justifies his or her use of the scholarship funds. If the Board concludes that the funds have been misused by the grantee, then there shall be an action by the Board to compel the grantee (in accordance with the above written guarantee) to reimburse the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION for the amount of the unused funds.

8. Alternative Dispute Resolution. To avoid the expense and time of litigation, the MENDEL CATHOLIC PREP ALUMNI FOUNDATION and Grantee will attempt to resolve all disputes outside of the courthouse. If the parties cannot reach a resolution of the matter through their own efforts, they agree to then employ more formal dispute resolution methods. Any disputes connected with this scholarship award process will be brought to mediation within thirty (30) days of the date either party requests mediation in writing. If a mediator cannot be agreed upon, the parties elect to have one provided for them by the American Arbitration Association (A.A.A.) or by Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (J.A.M.S. Endispute). If mediation is not successful in resolving the dispute, both parties agree that the matter shall be taken to binding arbitration by a single arbitrator mutually agreed upon by the parties or by an arbitrator selected through A.A.A. or J.A.M.S. Arbitration shall occur within 60 days of the mediation.

9. State and Federal Reporting. At the conclusion of each fiscal year, the Board of Directors shall provide a full accounting for all funds disbursed. All irregularities shall be reported with full particulars. The scholarship report shall be made available within 60 days after the end of the fiscal year.

 

Contributions are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.