McAuley Announces $125,000 Endowment

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Catherine McAuley High School is pleased to announce that McAuley alumna Sarah Marshall Ryan ’03 and her husband, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, have established a $125,000 endowment at Catherine McAuley High School to provide scholarship assistance to young women seeking a McAuley education.

The first scholarship, a $5,000 gift, will be awarded to an incoming freshman for the 2014-2015 academic year and will be based upon financial need, a commitment to academic excellence, involvement in the School community and beyond, and participation in McAuley’s athletic program.  The recipient of this award will receive this scholarship throughout her high school career through the attainment of the scholarship criteria.  The student selected for this award will be personally mentored by Marshall Ryan.

“My years spent at McAuley were some of the best years of my life,” states Marshall Ryan.  “Matt has heard many a story from my high school days and knows how much McAuley and the wonderful people there mean to me.  This is why it brings us great happiness to do this for deserving young women.”

“It is a common misconception that Catherine McAuley’s funding is derived from the Catholic Church or Sisters of Mercy; in truth, we depend on the generosity of donors such as Sarah and Matt to sustainably provide the fantastic education and experience for which McAuley is known,” comments Board of Trustees Chairperson, Heidi Osborn. “We’re very pleased to count Matt and Sarah among our community of philanthropists who generously support and believe in the mission of Catherine McAuley – to educate and empower young women.”

Marshall Ryan, during her time at McAuley, was a three-sport athlete, earning several accolades through basketball, including leading the McAuley Lions to two straight Class A Basketball State Championships.  In addition, she was selected as the Western Maine Class A tournament’s “Red” McMann MVP Award recipient for three successive years and was the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003.  Marshall Ryan continued her impressive career at BostonCollege where, as a point guard, she led the Eagles to the National Tournament each year.  Marshall Ryan graduated with a degree in communications.