St. Monica Catholic High School in Santa Monica has received a $20,000 grant from the William H. Hannon Foundation for financial aid during the 2010-11 school year.

“These difficult economic times continue to impact many people’s financial circumstances and affording a Catholic education has become an even tougher challenge for many of our families,” said Thom Gasper, president of St. Monica Catholic Schools.

“The scholarship assistance provided by the William H. Hannon Foundation’s significant contributions in the past has been an immense blessing to our students.”

With the most recent grant, the foundation has provided a total of $70,000 in scholarships to St. Monica High School since 2007 in addition to providing an annual all expenses paid trip to Hawaii used to raise funds for the school, a foundation spokesman said.

“The William H. Hannon Foundation is one of the best community outreach organizations in our area,” Gasper added of the organization, whose office is located blocks away from the high school. “The fact that they are locally based and serve community schools and not-for-profit organizations is a testament to their investment in the Westside and their support of our local infrastructure.”

Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation, said, “St. Monica’s is our neighbor and we are pleased to continue to support their educational efforts through student scholarships.”

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