Growing up is hard. Growing up after experiencing the loss of a parent can be devastating. The German Heredia Scholarship is for graduating seniors who have experienced the loss of a parent or guardian. The loss of a parent can have a serious impact on your development. There are emotional and financial stresses and a real sense of loss. The unique challenges the student endures sometimes makes excelling academically an afterthought. This scholarship is to reward the perseverance of the human spirit and to reduce the financial stress of tuition,books, and fees.
A merit based scholarship that is $500.00 and given to a graduating student from St. Mary's Cathedral in Miami, Florida. The scholarship sponsors a graduating student that wishes to continue parochial education. The scholarship began when Iboni Ashley Richard's father attended her 8th grade graduation and was overwhelmed with the accolades and support his daughter received during her time there. Iboni Ashley was blessed to be able to attend St. Mary's because the school helped her family through many rough times, both emotional and financial. This scholarship is the result of the Richards family and the Heredia House Foundation teaming up to give back and for the Catholic community to continue furthering parochial school education. The IB ASHLEY AWARD is expected to grow in size. Anyone interested in participating through support and donations are encouraged to do so. The scholarship is given every year at the 8th grade graduation at St. Mary's Cathedral.