Catholic school seniors receive Father Endress Scholarship

By The Message staff

The Message has received more information from Reitz Memorial High School about the school’s Father Endress Scholarship recipients.

Reitz Memorial High School’s Father Endress Scholarship recipients are Sadie Hofman, left, and Elias Beardmore. Submitted photo

In honor of the late-Father James Endress, the scholarship was established in 2021 to benefit well-deserving Mater Dei and Reitz Memorial high school graduates who are planning post-secondary education. Father Endress was ordained April 3, 1960, and he served the Diocese of Evansville and his country in many roles, including 17 years as an Army military chaplain, before returning home and eventually retiring in 2004. He died Jan. 20, 2021, at age 86.

Reitz Memorial High School’s Father Endress Scholarship recipients are Sadie Hofman and Elias Beardmore. 

Sadie is the daughter of Sheri and Kye Hofman and is a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Haubstadt. She plans to attend Purdue University to study kinesiology on her path to becoming a physical therapist. Sadie said, “Winning the scholarship is an opportunity for me to pursue my dream of becoming a physical therapist. The money awarded will ease the burdens of paying for my education. I will repay this scholarship through the life I live and acts of service to others.” 

Elias is the son of Kevin and Jackie Beardmore and is a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Newburgh. He plans to attend the University of Notre Dame to study computer engineering. He said, “With this scholarship, I can calm my worries about affording my education and better work to pay it forward in the future through academic success and service to those around me.” 

Reitz Memorial President Christian Mocek said, “The focus of this scholarship is about paying it forward. Father Endress did that for these students, and he hopes they will do it in the future. This scholarship gives the winners an opportunity of a lifetime to attend college and make a positive difference in the world. It represents what Catholic education is all about.”