YOUNGSTOWN - A Youngstown high school was given a $500,000 grant from the Cafaro Foundation.
The foundation made the award to Ursuline High School to assist students in paying their tuition through Ursuline's Adopt-A-Student scholarship program.
Part of the money also will be used for capital projects, including new technology, equipment upgrades, the renovation of science laboratories and refurbishing of student work stations.
Photos special to the Tribune Chronicle / Cafaro Foundation
On behalf of Ursuline High School, students accept a $500,000 check from the Cafaro Foundation. From left are students Chris Durkin, Naraya Subramanian and Joseph Sebest, Anthony Cafaro Sr. and Phyllis Cafaro, and student Marcus Mosley.
In 2008, the Cafaro Foundation awarded a $1 million contribution to Ursuline's Centennial Capital Campaign. Many members of the Cafaro family are Ursuline High School alumni.
Ursuline High School Principal Patricia Fleming said the grant "will significantly enhance science instruction, particularly in the areas of advanced placement biology and chemistry.
''All of us at Ursuline are grateful beyond measure to members of the Cafaro Family and to the Cafaro Foundation for their ongoing commitment to Catholic education in the Mahoning Valley.
"The Cafaro Foundations previous gift to Ursuline High School enabled us to complete several major capital improvements including the complete renovation of our athletic facilities for girls and boys, provide wireless Internet access throughout the building, purchase 60 laptop computers with mobile carts for student use, upgrade 10 classrooms with Smart Boards and laptop computer stations, and expand our scholarship opportunities," Fleming said.
The Cafaro Foundation was established by the Cafaro family in memory of William M. Cafaro, the founder of the real estate development and management company in Youngstown that bears his name. For more than half a century, Cafaro, his wife, Alyce, and brother, John A. Cafaro, have supported churches, schools, hospitals and other charitable causes.
Since its inception in 1996, the Cafaro Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants to organizations and individuals.
Ursuline High School is a college preparatory high school of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown that opened in 1905. Its enrollment totals more than 500 students.