By Joan D. Warren
FALL RIVER — In 1968, a fire destroyed Monsignor Prevost High School in Fall River. The devastating event significantly changed the lives of the young men who attended the all-boy school. It made them resilient, flexible with life changes, but it also brought them closer.
Many of those who attended Prevost have stayed in contact over the years and, to keep the memory of the school alive, started an alumni scholarship fund to help students pay for a catholic school education.
After more than 50 years, the alumni association has recently have handed over the reins of managing the scholarship fund to FACE (The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education), the educational arm of the Catholic Foundation, the 501c3 not-for-profit group that handles fundraising for the Diocese of Fall River.
The new scholarship at FACE will be in the name of the Monsignor Prevost High School Alumni Association.
Three alumni, Paul Dube, Roland Masse and Paul Berube, board members on the alumni scholarship board, decided 2022 would be their last year of managing the fund.
“We searched for the right organization to administer the scholarships and maintain the assets. We knew about FACE and thought it would be best suited to have them continue what we have built over the years,” Berube said.
Although records go back to 1989, the scholarship fund began in 1952 by Paul Dumas Sr., a 1938 graduate of the school.
Through generous donations from the remaining 700 active members and holding yearly reunions, the association has maintained a substantial asset base of more than $300,000.
“It’s amazing what these men have done. My bother-in-law, Aime LaChance, started a newsletter, the MapleLeaf, named after the student newspaper at the school. It was a cheerful way to let alumni know about the students who received scholarships and drew in donors,” Berube said.
All are four-year scholarships are for students who remain in good standing.
Awards from the Prevost Alumni Endowment will be given primarily to students attending Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Fall River. If there are no high school applicants, then it may be given to to students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Fall River. If there are no high school or elementary school applicants, then the funds will be available to students attending Stonehill College.
Preferential consideration will be given to any student who, on his or her application, documents familial relationship to a Prevost alumnus citing the name of the alumnus and approximate class year.
For more information, go to www.catholicfoundationssema.org