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What is the Lily and Hammer Scholarship?


Providing a superior education doesn’t come cheaply. Yet we are dependent solely on tuition, donations, and limited parish financial support. In addition, there are families in our parish who simply cannot afford the tuition. It is our practice to allow those parents to enroll their children in the Academy in order that they might reap the benefits of St. Anthony’s educational opportunities.  Add to this the ever-rising costs of textbooks, staff salaries, rent, and necessary supplies. Combined, these factors put a tremendous strain on our limited financial resources.

But there is a way that you can help. Begun in the winter of 2015, the Lily and Hammer pledge drive proposes a number of ways to offer your support to the Academy, and thus aid in the continuation of good, old-fashioned Catholic education in the footsteps of the type of education that produced the greatest minds of traditional, Christian civilization.
Option 1 is to become a monthly donor, for a pledge term of one full year, at the amount comfortable for you.
Option 2 is to become a Lily sponsor and donate a year's tuition for a needy student (with whom you may correspond if you desire to get to know "your" student.)
Option 3 is to become a Hammer sponsor, and donate part of the salary of one of our teachers--many of whom now teach at considerable personal sacrifice since the Academy is unable to match public school salaries.

The dividend on your investment is not measurable in dollars and cents--it is returned to you in the form of the daily prayers that the student body offers for all benefactors and in the knowledge that with your help, the Academy can continue to produce the highest quality education in a traditional, Catholic setting.

Here are a few examples of the kind of results your generous support can produce: St. Anthony Academy's first graduate is now a successful Montessori teacher. One of our first students graduated from UVA with a degree in Economics and is a consultant for Navigant in Washington, D.C. Another of our early graduates has his Masters in education and is an upper level Math teacher at St. Anthony Academy. While yet another family that was with us from the beginning has three students studying abroad; the eldest expecting this spring her Masters in Philosophy from the University of Paris, Sorbonne IV; the second earning his Bachelor In History this year from the University of Paris, Sorbonne VII; and the third in the midst of a four year International BBA/MBA program at Institut Superieur de Gestion, Ecole de Commerce. Please help us to perpetuate this tradition of educational excellence.
Thank you for your consideration and your prayers!

By education I mean that training in excellence from youth upward which makes a man passionately desire to be a perfect citizen, and teaches him to rule, and to obey, with justice. This is the only education which deserves the name.  - Plato