Saint Paul Catholic High School Students Receive Combined $110,000+ in Scholarships

The Niagara Catholic District School Board is proud to announce that two Saint Paul Catholic High School students have received more than $110,000 in scholarships for their post-secondary educations.


Holly Ferron


Anthony Galassi

Anthony Galassi, who will study Computing at Queen’s University beginning in September, was one of 50 Canadian students selected to receive an $80,000 Schulich Leaders Scholarship; the second student in Niagara Catholic to receive the four-year award since it was created in 2012.

Holly Ferron, who will study History at McGill University, was one of seven recipients of the McCall MacBain Foundation Scholarship, first presented in 2018. Holly will receive $32,000 from the Foundation over her four-year undergraduate degree.

The Schulich Leaders Scholarship are presented to students who will study Science, Technology, Math or Engineering (STEM). The McCall MacBain Scholarship recognizes the demonstration of strong potential for leadership, positive contributions to a student’s school or broader community and an overall commitment to excellence.

Saint Paul Catholic High School Principal Brad Johnstone had high praise for the high-achievers.

“It has truly been an honour to have both Holly and Anthony as students at Saint Paul Catholic High School,” said Mr. Johnstone. “They are both very diligent, well-rounded students who have been involved in the school community as well as the broader community, while at the same time maintaining outstanding academic averages in their classes. They are true leaders in the school, and while we will miss their contributions at Saint Paul next year, we know that Holly and Anthony will make their presences known at their future schools in September. I am proud to congratulate Holly and Anthony on behalf of the students and staff at Saint Paul Catholic High School, and wish them well on their journeys in post-secondary education.”

Chair of the Board Frank Fera offered the Board’s congratulations to Holly and Anthony.

 “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am very proud to congratulate both Holly and Anthony on receiving these very prestigious scholarships,” said Mr. Fera. “Reading through the rigorous criteria for selection, it is clear that both Holly and Anthony are outstanding examples of student leadership and excellence and well-deserving of these awards. We wish them the very best as they graduate from Saint Paul Catholic High School. Considering this great accomplishment, my prediction is that they will undeniably achieve greater success at university.”

Director of Education John Crocco also offered congratulations to both Holly and Anthony on behalf of Niagara Catholic’s students and staff.

“I have long maintained that Niagara Catholic students are among the very best in Ontario and in the world, and these scholarship recipients are certainly proof of that,” said Mr. Crocco. “I was exceptionally happy to hear of the outstanding success of both Holly and Anthony, who represent the outstanding Class of 2019 at Niagara Catholic. Attending post-secondary education can be very expensive, and, through the generosity of the Schulich Foundation and the McColl MacBain Foundation, Holly and Anthony will be able to focus their energy on their studies throughout their undergraduate educations. They both have worked hard throughout their career at Saint Paul Catholic, and have earned these scholarships through their contributions to their school and their community. On behalf of the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s students and staff, and I very pleased and proud to congratulate Holly and Anthony on being selected for these very prestigious awards. We wish them God’s blessings as they embark on an exciting new chapter in their lives.”

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