Unidentified Benefactor Donates Millions to Catholic High School Fund in Pennsylvania

The kind-heartedness of an unidentified benefactor has deeply moved the Catholic community in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. They’ve made a multi-million-dollar donation to a financial aid fund for a local high school. Over the course of the last three years, this anonymous donor has given nearly $7.5 million to the St. Pope John Paul Tuition Opportunity Partnership (TOP), as reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

In September, Catholic schools in the dioceses of Pittsburgh and the nearby town of Greenburg introduced a collaborative initiative named “Building a Bridge.” This program aims to connect students with a high school that aligns with their faith.

“The program allows students to receive a continuous Catholic school education from pre-­kindergarten through 12th grade at either St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights, Harrison, or Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School [GCC],” the local newspaper reported.

The high schools are in different dioceses.

“I would like to thank he or she, whoever donated the money, because without this person, we would not be able to have as many people going to these Catholic schools,” said an eighth-grade student at Mary Queen of Apostles School.

The student, along with her twin sister, intends to pursue their education at GCC and expresses their gratitude for the financial support.

“Getting this amazing education is important,” the 13-year-old told the outlet. “Some of my friends talk about how much money Catholic high school can cost, and (some) parents are not exactly happy about it, so this donor is helping.”

GCC’s enrollment has reportedly “garnered national recognition,” with a whopping 19 percent increase since 2019.