Alumni of Spalding’s ministry studies program (1991-2003) honored the program’s founder, Father Joe Merkt, a retired priest, by founding the Father Joseph T. Merkt Scholarship. Fr. Merkt directed the ministry studies program from 1991-2001. In addition to Fr. Merkt’s pastoral responsibilities, he has spent the past 30 years working with the formation of laity in Catholic education and in parish ministry.
Surprising him with a party at St. Francis of Assisi Church recently, 40 of Merkt’s former students and friends gathered and announced the scholarship and honored him with short speeches. “His students and friends have raised funds in his name in hopes that future students may also benefit from the many gifts that Father Joe Merkt gave to all his students at Spalding,” said Mark Hohmann, a 2003 graduate of the M.A. in pastoral ministry program, and current CFO of the university.
The scholarship will be awarded to a Spalding student enrolled in an undergraduate degree program who is either a graduate of Presentation Academy or an adult learner over the age of 30. The scholarship will provide tuition, books, or required course materials only and will be awarded annually.
Louisville’s The Record, the newspaper of the Archdiocese, covered the event and the scholarship and the full article can be viewed here.
To donate to the Father Joseph T. Merkt Scholarship, click here and list “Father Joseph T. Merkt Scholarship” in the other designation line.