New scholarships for students in the Decatur Catholic schools are now available through the Community Foundation of Macon County. Members of the Darrell W. and Ursula Beck family joined with Knights of Columbus Council 577 to provide monies for the new scholarship fund. Primarily for need based students, the scholarships are for students at St. Teresa High School and the three Catholic grade schools, Saints James and Patrick, Holy Family and Our Lady of Lourdes. Parents interested in applying the funds should contact the schools. Members of the Beck family and Decatur Knights of Columbus Council 577 recently met at the Hall at Five-Twenty to publicly announce the scholarship joint venture.
Matt Beck, representing the family along with his sister Maggy Beck-Pugh said, “My Dad was a passionate member and officer Knight of Council 577. He would be very proud and pleased that the Knights and our family joined in this scholarship project.”
Bill McNutt, speaking for the Council stated, “Matt suggested these joint scholarships three years ago. Our Council leadership endorsed his idea and we began working to raise the additional funds that would be needed. Through our highly successful ‘Queen of Hearts Raffle’ we have been able to raise the funds necessary for these scholarships.”
Representing the Community Foundation of Macon County, Natalie Beck, President and CEO, welcomed the new scholarship fund. She said, “This generous project is yet another example of the charitable vision and leadership of members of our community. Our organization is proud to be able to facilitate this new philanthropic project.”