The Knights of Columbus is a well-known organization that has been around for over 100 years and has proven that it can withstand the test of time due to its solid mission and foundation. In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney wanted to create a small group for men who were united in their faith and could use the group to confide in and support each other. He wanted this group to reach out to the community and provide help for Catholic families when they were struggling or during times of need. This was the beginning of the Knights of Columbus.
Today, this international organization continues to grow and consists of over 1.9 million members worldwide. They have stood by their founding principles and for over 130 years have dedicated their service to providing families with food, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance. They have also greatly assisted widows and orphans receive aid and support. By joining your local branch of the Knights of Columbus, you can help to strengthen your parish and give back to your community through volunteering and service, all while growing in your faith.
The Knights of Columbus provide scholarships for ambitious students each year that total over $1 million. While most recipients of these scholarships are children of existing Knights of Columbus members, you do not have to be a member to receive some of them.
Dr. John W. McDevitt was the eleventh supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus from 1964 to 1977. He was also the Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts for many years. He was honored by Pope Paul VI with the Order of Pius IX which is the highest papal honor a Catholic layman can receive. After his death in 1988, the Delegates at the Supreme Council meeting established the John W. McDevitt Scholarship fund in his honor. The John W. McDevitt Scholarships are awarded annually by the Knights of Columbus to students who are United States citizens and are going to be freshmen at Catholic universities or colleges.
The applicant must also be a member in good standing with the Knights of Columbus or direct relative of said member. There are 36 awards given annually and the maximum value of this scholarship is $1,500. The applications are available after October 1st and must be sent in and received by March 1st in order to be eligible.