ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY RECEIVES LARGEST GIFT IN SCHOOL HISTORY -- $3.5 MILLION -- FOR CLASSROOM RENOVATIONS, TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES AND ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
St. Louis, Mo., February 25, 2019 – St. Joseph’s Academy has received a $3.5 million gift, the largest single gift in the school’s 178-year history, from the estate of Barbara Weidert, a 1947 graduate of the school. This unrestricted gift will help jumpstart plans to renovate and upgrade STEM-related and visual arts instructional areas, and to expand scholarship support for students. These enhancements are part of the school’s plans to continue providing quality Catholic education and prepare young women with 21st century skills.
“This generous planned gift provides St. Joseph’s Academy with a major boost toward funding many necessary campus enhancements, while also increasing scholarship support,” said Dr. Regina Mooney, President of St. Joseph’s Academy. “Barbara Weidert’s overwhelming generosity will have a lasting impact on the lives of our current and future students at the Academy.”
Campus plans call for renovating parts of the school into flexible classroom and laboratory spaces for life sciences, chemistry, physics, engineering and enhanced digital innovation educational areas with updated technology. Plans also call for expanding the visual arts program into a dedicated, state-of-the-art space. In addition, St. Joseph’s Academy plans to increase significantly the scholarship support it provides to qualified students of all backgrounds.
“This major gift will help us provide the integrated, holistic education that prepares every girl at St. Joe with the skills they need to thrive, succeed and grow in the changing world around us,” said Matt Stroble, St. Joseph’s Academy Board of Directors Chair. “Barbara’s love for her high school helps fulfill our strategic vision, advances the school’s mission, and paves the path for further discovery, innovation and excellence in education.”
The timetable for implementing the planned renovations has not been set. These plans follow other completed projects, such as the school’s new Campus Ministry Center and College Advising Program and Resource Center.
St. Joseph's Academy is a college preparatory school in Frontenac, Missouri sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Founded in 1840, the mission of the Academy is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.