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          Shaw’s fourth graduating class, the Class of 1969, has established the Class of 1969 Educational Fund to assist current Shaw students with the costs of tuition, fees and other financial needs to attend our alma mater. In March 2020, the Class of ’69 delivered $1,800 through the Archbishop Shaw Alumni Association, Inc. 501(c)(3) to the school to fund three $600 grants to students in need to offset a portion of their tuition.

            The new educational fund was created at the Class of ‘69’s 50th anniversary reunion, a crawfish boil held on the Shaw campus in late 2019. Of the 84 original class members, 17 are deceased and the group has contact information for all but two of its remaining graduates. 40 members of the Class of ’69 returned to the Shaw campus in Marrero for the 50th reunion. Class members tasked themselves with contributing $100 annually and several pledges in that amount have been made, but the group accepts donations in any amount from any source, including from friends and alumni who graduated in other years.

            The purpose of the fund is to help Shaw students in any grade, 8th through 12th, who need assistance, by giving grants to pay for tuition, fees or other costs to enter or remain at Shaw. Wayne Theriot ’69, a leader of the effort who also has two sons who are Eagle Alumni, explained that one of more Class of ’69 representatives will meet annually with school officials, who will identify deserving students most in need of receiving grants. In 2019, the group received $2,800 in donations, distributed the $1,800 noted above and saved the remainder for future use in a separate component of the Alumni Association 501(c)(3) account at the Homebank branch on Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey. All donations flow through that account.

    “Shaw meant a lot to me and to all of us,” Theriot said in describing the desire of the Class of ’69 to give back to the school and its future alumni. “This is our school.”           

             The Class of ’69 plans to meet annually in Alumni Hall for a crawfish boil on campus in months of May to come. Unfortunately, the 2020 get-together planned for May 3 had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 situation, but the Class of ’69 is undaunted. Please join these pioneering Shaw alumni, most of whom started at Shaw before the first class matriculated, and contribute to their worthy effort to assist our future Eagle brothers with their current educational costs.

Class of 1969 Establishes Educational Fund