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April 23, 2018                                                     Leris Bernard – LERIS Media

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Philanthropist Mary Catherine Bunting Creates $1 Million Scholarship Fund at Sisters Academy of Baltimore

Campus event on April 27 will honor her contribution

Baltimore, MD --- Sisters Academy of Baltimore will honor Mary Catherine Bunting for her support of the school’s first-ever endowment campaign this Friday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m. during Sponsor Appreciation Day at the middle school in Lansdowne. 
 
Ms. Bunting has pledged a gift to complete a $1 million scholarship fund as part of the NOW MORE THAN EVER campaign. Her gift will create four endowed student scholarships in perpetuity.

"Mary Catherine Bunting's steadfast support of our mission, her engagement with our students, and her generous financial commitment has truly endorsed our endowment campaign." says Sr. Delia Dowling, SSND, President, Sisters Academy of Baltimore. 

The objective of the Sisters Academy of Baltimore’s NOW MORE THAN EVER campaign is to strengthen and build the endowment to $5 million while advancing the mission of the school. Goals of the campaign are to:

  • Establish named endowed scholarships to continue to offer tuition-free, scholarship-based education.
  • Increase enrollment while maintaining small classes and individual attention.
  • Maintain academic excellence by offering competitive salaries for faculty and staff.
  • Assess and develop the curriculum to respond to the ongoing holistic needs of the students.
  • Invest in graduate support to ensure that graduates continue to excel during high school
    and college.
  • Enhance visibility and service in the communities of southwest and west Baltimore.

Ms. Bunting has supported Sisters Academy of Baltimore since 2003, before the school was in full operation. “Mary Catherine’s steadfast support of our mission, her engagement with our students, and her generous financial commitment has truly endorsed our endowment campaign. Her longstanding belief in the work of Sisters Academy validates the promise and potential of each and every student. Her commitment sends a strong message about the value of this school in the Baltimore community.” says Sr. Delia Dowling, SSND, President, Sisters Academy of Baltimore.
 
Ms. Bunting is the chair and a director of the Mary Catherine Bunting Foundation with the Bunting Family Foundation. She is a retired certified nurse practitioner and was at one time a member of the Sisters of Mercy. 

“Reaching our campaign objective now will have a positive, transformational impact on the life of each young girl we educate for years to come,” states Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, Chairperson of the Board of Directors. 

Sisters Academy of Baltimore is now in its fourteenth school year with seventy-one students. The school was established by four congregations of religious women: the Sisters of Mercy, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of Bon Secours and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. 
 
Sisters Academy of Baltimore is dedicated to continuing its deep and steady growth year by year, educating more students and building a community of young women filled with confidence and hope for a future of limitless possibilities.


Founded in 2004, Sisters Academy of Baltimore is an independent middle school, in the Catholic tradition, located in Southwest Baltimore, for girls in grades 5 through 8.  For more information about Sisters Academy: sistersacademy.org or 410-242-1212.

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