About the scholarship: The Bevington Scholarship was established by JPII’s Board of Trustees in May of 2012 to honor Monsignor William Bevington for his extraordinary contributions to the Catholic community of the diocese of Nashville, the parishioners of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and to the parents, students and faculty of Pope John Paul II High School. Sixty years a priest, Monsignor Bevington helped generations of believers build a closer relationship with the Lord through his unique blend of humor, wit and saintly witness. As pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church for nineteen years, Monsignor Bevington led the church to become one of the largest and most active parishes of the diocese. Together with other priests and laity, he was responsible for the planning and eventual opening of Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, TN in 2002. He was a sacramental presence at the school from that point forward, celebrating weekly Mass with the student body, hearing confessions, leading school retreats and serving as a permanent member of the school’s Board of Trustees. JPII wishes to honor his extraordinary commitment to our Church and school in perpetuity through the establishment of this scholarship.
Scope: The purpose of the Bevington Scholarship is to assist Catholic families who are otherwise not able to afford to send their children to JPII. At its inception during the 2012-2013 school year, the scholarship will support two new or returning students whose families are active in the Catholic parishes of north Nashville. As the corpus of the scholarship grows, the number of students the scholarship supports may also increase. The amount of the scholarship is dependent on need.
Criteria: Students are considered for the Bevington Scholarship when they complete the financial aid process as outlined by the school. No further application is necessary. Scholars will be chosen based on demonstrated need, a strong academic record, and exemplary involvement or service within the Catholic community.
How to Contribute: You may contribute to the permanent corpus by making a tax deductible gift to the “The Monsignor William Bevington Scholarship,” Pope John Paul II High School, 117 Caldwell Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075.” An acknowledgement will be sent to Fr. Bevington’s family.