Eddie Rice Scholarship
Members of the Sts. Simon & Jude Community established this scholarship in memory of Eddie Rice, who had just completed the seventh grade at Sts. Simon & Jude School in 1982 and died that summer while on a Boy Scout campout. Eddie was an average student who had to work to get B’s and the occasional A. He loved sports and had an infectious laugh and a dry sense of humor. The one trait that stood out was his sensitivity and concern for others. Because he had to work hard and not always succeeded in everything, he understood how others might need a friend. Because he had been shy as a very young boy, he sought to make everyone feel included. And because he had disappointments, he was more aware of others who experienced a hurt. He was “an old soul” who understood at a young age what was really important.
The Eddie Rice Scholarship was established to recognize those students who are trying to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Teachers, coaches, and students who are participating in the selection process use this as the most important consideration when choosing the honoree. Academic achievement is considered when measuring the students commitment to “doing their best”. Likewise, athletic participation may also be assessed in the context of a student who demonstrates good sportsmanship and perseverance. In other words, the student who is trying to use the gifts he/she has been given by God to help others is worthy of this award; for they understand what being a Christian truly means.
Each year since Eddie began his new life with God, a seventh grade student has been awarded a monetary scholarship and a plaque during the final liturgy of the school year. A perpetual plaque with the names of all recipients hangs in the school hallway. Every year, a member of Eddie’s family makes the presentation on the last day of school at Mass. The Rice family has a rich tradition at SSJ, including Eddie’s siblings–Patricia, Amy, Robert and Katie, and we are blessed to continue to share in that tradition.
Catherine Reuscher Memorial Scholarship Fund
In January 2001, Sts. Simon & Jude School lost a beloved teacher and friend. At the time, we were saddened beyond belief. However, we took comfort in the fact that a part of Mrs. Reuscher would continue to live, reflected in the lives of the many students whom she had taught over the years. Catholic Education was her life, and so it is fitting, that the faculty of Sts. Simon & Jude has established a scholarship fund in her name.
The criteria for this scholarship are reminders of Cathy’s commitment to the Church, her dedication to the ideals of teaching, her deep concern for all of her students and the lessons she taught us all about courage and trust. Christian character was always of utmost importance to Mrs. Reuscher. She had a “soft spot” in her heart for those students who managed to show the most improvement over the course of the year. Their effort and motivation not only brought success for them, but also a high level of satisfaction and joy to Mrs. Reuscher. Her favorite teaching assignments were those when she was working with students in the middle grades.
It is for these reasons this scholarship is awarded annually to a fifth or sixth grade student who has demonstrated the greatest amount of improvement and growth throughout the year, both academic and socially. A committee of faculty and administration very carefully selects the student who is presented with this coveted award which is presented at our closing Mass on the last day of the school year.