The Valentine A. Lehr ’58 Scholarship
La Salle Academy proudly honored Mr. Valentine A. Lehr ’58 with a scholarship in his name in May 2017. One of La Salle’s most dedicated alumni of his generation, Mr. Lehr spent an extraordinary eight years in his role as Chairman and many more years as a member of the Board of Trustees. Under his conscientious and principles leadership as Chair, La Salle was put on firm financial footing once again. This scholarship will help give this generation of Brothers’ Boys the opportunities to become men of character, faith and integrity like Mr. Lehr.
Monsignor Neil A. Connolly Scholarship
Established in 2017, the Monsignor Neil A. Connolly Scholarship was named in memory of Monsignor Neil A. Connolly, pastor of St. Mary’s parish on Grand Street in Lower Manhattan for nearly three decades. An advocate for the poor and underserved in his community and one of the first recipients of the Buen Pastor Award of the National Association of Hispanic Priests, Monsignor Connolly’s legacy will live on through this scholarship. The Monsignor Neil A. Connolly Scholarship will be a partial scholarship awarded to high-achieving student from the Grant Street Housing Complex. He should have a strong will for community service. Upon receiving this scholarship, the student must maintain a B-average for the four years of high school.
The Brother Cajetan Memorial Scholarship
Born in the United States, Brother Cajetan had a bright Irish light in his eyes and a noticeable Irish Brogue. He was only about 5’5” and had a somewhat crippled right hand. Thinking back to decades ago when many of you began your schooling at La Salle Academy on Second Street and Second Avenue, it is clear that whatever social, political, literary, mathematical, historical, Catholic and pedagogical convictions you may have can be traced back to a loyal band of Lasallian Brothers, and quite possibly personified by a man like Brother Cajetan. These Christian Brothers taught rigorous, demanding and solid education that was not then found in the secular domain of New York City Schools. Brother Cajetan played an important role in many lives, which is why we established The Brother Cajetan Memorial Scholarship to pay homage to him and the many lives he touched during his 25 years at La Salle Academy. This scholarship will be awarded to students whose families encounter unforeseen difficulties that affect their ability to pay their son’s tuition.