In memory of Coach Buckley and in honor of Coach Aberer, we are starting the Buckley-Aberer Scholarship that will be awarded to financially disadvantaged students with superior academic achievement and a proven record of leadership. These future Brothers Boys should also possess the same ideals and values these gentlemen instilled in all of their athletes. For many of us, one or both of these men had a profound impact on our lives on and off the court. The Buckley-Aberer Scholarship reminds us how fortunate we were to spend our formative high school years under their guidance. We can’t think of a better way to recognize their long, successful careers. La Salle has provided us a way to say “thank you” to Coach.
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.
James W. Prendergast ’48 Scholarship
Established in 2017, the James W. Prendergast ’48 Scholarship Fund was named in memory of Jim Prendergast for his unwavering service to his alma mater. After passing on January 13, 2017, Jim left behind a legacy at La Salle that will never be forgotten, providing extraordinary guidance and expertise as an active member of the La Salle Development team until the day of his passing. This scholarship will be awarded to financially disadvantaged students with superior academic achievement and a proven record of leadership. These scholarship recipients will possess the same ideals and values that Jim Prendergast held as a dedicated member of the La Salle Academy community.