Vandebilt announced Sacred Heart Scholarship

Vandebilt Catholic High School has opened its 2017-18 academic year with a bang, announcing a newly funded scholarship program.

The school announced on Wednesday that they’re starting the Sacred Heart Scholarship, which will be funded by the A.B. Cenac Jr. Foundation. 

The school said local businessman Arlen “Benny” Cenac will commit to a multi-year $50,000 donation, which will allow the scholarship to be possible.

The Sacred Heart Scholarship is inspired by Fr. Andre Coindre, the founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. He established schools for the poor children in Lyon, France in the early 1800s. 

“Because of generous donors like Mr. Cenac, we are able to witness the true mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart lived out today within our school,” said Melanie Prentice, the advancement director at Vandebilt. “The impact that this scholarship will have is immeasurable in assisting a student’s financial need to continue their Catholic education. We cannot thank Mr. Cenac and his foundation enough for this blessed gift.”

The goal of the Sacred Heart Scholarship is to model Fr. Coindre’s vision and offer quality Catholic education to children from families who may otherwise not be able to afford one. 

Awards will range from $1,000 to the total cost of tuition for a year. It may also extend multiple years, if necessary. 

According to the school, criteria for the scholarship will be based on need, desire and recommendation.

For more information, contact Vandebilt’s PR Director Katie Anderson at or (985) 580-1868. 

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