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Father Albert Hughes Scholarship

Father Edward Albert Hughes, a Baltimore native, was the son of Mary Ann (nee Mulry) and Timothy Joseph Hughes of St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Baltimore. Father Hughes had two brothers and three sisters. He attended St. Elizabeth’s Parish Elementary School, Loyola High School, and Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland before entering St. Mary’s Seminary. There he received his B.A. in Philosophy in 1940 and an S.T.B. in Sacred Theology in 1945. Father Hughes was ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1945 at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore by the Most Reverend John M. McNamara, then auxiliary bishop of Baltimore and Washington. He served as assistant pastor at St. Jerome’s Church in Hyattsville from 1945 to 1948 and then assistant pastor at St. James Church in Mount Rainier until being appointed the founding pastor of the new St. Matthias the Apostle Church and School in Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland by Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle on June 18, 1960. He faithfully oversaw the beginnings of the parish and raised the necessary funds to build the new church and school. The church’s cornerstone was laid and the Solemn Mass of Dedication was offered on February 25, 1962. Father Hughes served as pastor for twelve years. On February 10, 1972 he was transferred and made pastor of St. Frances de Sales Church in Washington, DC. On February 5, 1975, His Eminence, William Cardinal Baum, then Archbishop of Washington, transferred Father Hughes and made him pastor of St. James Church in Mount Rainer, his first assignment as a parish priest. He remained there until he suffered a heart attack and died on October 15, 1980 while visiting Baltimore. His funeral was celebrated on Saturday, October 18, 1980 at St. James in Mount Rainier and he was interred at the New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore. May he rest in peace and may he be counted among the blessed of heaven for his service to God’s holy people and for his great efforts to establish and build the parish of St. Matthias the Apostle in Lanham, Seabrook Maryland!

What is the purpose of this scholarship?

The purpose of this scholarship program, established during the 45th anniversary year (2005) of the parish and in honor of our founding pastor, Father Edward Albert Hughes, is to provide financial assistance for registered families of St. Matthias the Apostle Church (only) with a student(s) who is currently seeking admission, or presently enrolled and attending either St. Matthias the Apostle Elementary School or any accredited Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Washington. Funding for this scholarship program is drawn from the annual fiscal year revenue of the “Every Penny Counts” Box in the parish church. Other donations from benefactors may be periodically received as well and these too are placed into this scholarship fund.

Who is elegible for this scholarship?

Any student whose family is a registered, participating member of St Matthias the Apostle Parish and the family/student: a) adheres to the principles of the Catholic faith through the regular and consistent practice of said faith by weekly attendance at Sunday Mass and lives in accordance with the principles of stewardship…a sharing of their time, talent, treasure in relationship to their means, and b) is in need of financial assistance in order to enroll in, maintain, or assist in keeping their child at St. Matthias School or an accredited/affiliated Catholic high school of the Archdiocese of Washington.

What is the application process?

Applications will be made available annually through the school and rectory offices on or about the beginning of April. Complete the Father Edward Albert Hughes Scholarship Application and return it by the designated deadline to St. Matthias the Apostle Rectory. A separate application form must be completed for each student for whom the parents or legal guardian/s is requesting the scholarship. Applications will only be accepted for a limited period (generally 30 days) from the time they are advertised as being available through the school’s newsletter and the parish bulletin. No applications submitted after the announced deadline will be considered for the scholarship.

The applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the St. Matthias the Apostle Parish Finance Council. All applications will be handled with the utmost care and extended the highest level of confidentiality. The review process will generally take place during the month of May and recipients will be informed by the Pastor of their scholarship award prior to the end of the current academic year. If an award is given to a student of our elementary school, the amount awarded will be deducted from their tuition fees assessed for the next academic year and payments adjusted accordingly. If an award is given to a high school student, a check will be made payable in the amount of the award and sent directly to the Catholic high school in which the student is enrolled and/or attending. Scholarship awards may not be transferred to another school or used for any other purpose other than tuition. Should a student withdraw from the school to which the award was made, the Finance Council will reexamine the applications and offer the scholarship to another student meeting the criteria.

If any member of the Finance Council subcommittee is also applying for the scholarship, then he/she must recuse himself/herself from the review process.

How is the scholarship program funded?

The scholarship money is received from the parishioners of St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church in Lanham, Maryland as well as visitors to the same parish church and other benefactors associated with the parish. The money is collected in the “Every Penny Counts” box located near the narthex of the church. The coins and other funds collected for the Father E. Albert Hughes Scholarship Fund will vary from fiscal year to year. During the fiscal year 2008-2009 we received $12,000.00 from individual gifts, memorial gifts, as well as from our “Every Penny Counts” box and the Every Penny Home Version Coin Cans! All funds donated to this designated fund will be spent each year through scholarship awards. The amount of each award will ultimately be determined by the Finance Council subcommittee. The money to be awarded will vary depending on the amount of funds received and the number of applicants who apply. Awards however may be smaller or larger depending on the need and the total number of applicants. Applying for the Father E. Albert Hughes Scholarship Fund does not guarantee an applicant an award. Funds will be distributed annually in accordance to the degree of financial need and other forms of hardship that might be upon any particular applicant in any given year.

Ready To Apply?

To be considered for this scholarship, each family must have a Financial Aid application on file with TADS. All requirements listed on the application must be satisfied in order for an application to be considered. This fund is only available to students whose families are registered in this parish.

Submit this application to the rectory or school office before Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in a sealed envelope addressed:

“Personal and Confidential”
Attention: Reverend John H. Kennealy, Pastor
Father E. Albert Hughes Scholarship Application for 2018-2019


For additional information, please contact Mrs. Ann O’Hare, Director of Admissions, in the Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle Office at 301-­577-­9412 or Questions or concerns regarding the scholarship fund, the application process, or the disbursement of funds may be addressed in writing to the St. Matthias the Apostle Finance Council or to the Pastor @ 9475 Annapolis Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706-3020

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