Alumni Awards & Scholarships

The Fr. Mahar Award and Irish Crusader Award

The Father Thomas F. Mahar Outstanding Alumni Award, named in honor of the priest who founded both St. Mary High School and St. Vincent High School, recognizes alumni for outstanding contribution and service to school, church, community, and/or profession.  

The Irish Crusader Award recognizes individuals who are not alumni, but play an integral role at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and complete our Irish family. These recipients become honorary members of the STVM Alumni Association.

All recipients exemplify the spirit and values of Catholic education, and contribute to the continued success of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.  Nominate worthy alumni or dedicated community members. Deadline for nominations will be April 1.  Forms available on STVM website (Resources & Forms/Alumni), and may be returned to the STVM Alumni office.


2019 Award Winners

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and The Alumni Association congratulate the 2019 Alumni Award Recipients. They will be honored at The Fr. Mahar Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at The Tangier from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Fr. Thomas F. Mahar Outstanding Alumni Award

William Costigan Jr. V67
Lorene Taylor Haddox M64
Laura Lesneski Martucci VM81
Gerard Neugebauer VM82
Patrick Vassel VM03

Irish Crusader Award

Dru Joyce
Carol Leibowitz
David Rathz

Marian Medal of Peace and Justice

Mary Ellen Yeager V69


Past Recipients


STVM Alumni Association Scholarship Award

The STVM Alumni Association has had the privilege of awarding annual scholarships to legacy students in their junior year. This scholarship is then applied toward their senior year tuition.  The scholarship is primarily funded by membership dues and donations made through the Fr. Mahar Alumni Award program. 

Scholarship Eligibility

Scholarship applications are emailed to eligible STVM junior class parents in February, and are due by March 31st.  Forms also available on STVM website (Resources & Forms/Alumni).  To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. One or both parents are graduates of St. Mary, St. Vincent, or St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and are current dues paying members of the Alumni Association.
  2. Students must be in good standing, and must currently have, and continue to maintain, a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  3. Students must write a 250 word essay describing what it means to be part of a legacy family at St. Vincent-St. Mary.
  4. Recipients of the scholarship will be notified in April, and recognized in May at the Senior Farewell Mass.  We also request that recipients attend the Fr. Mahar Awards Banquet in October to be honored by our Alumni.

2019-2020 Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients

We would like to thank every legacy student who applied for our 2019-2020 Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship.  We are grateful for your family’s continued support and commitment to St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Congratulations to the Class of 2020 recipients (pictured L to R):

  • Allison Tomaszewski (mother Lori Baker Tomaszewski VM85)
  • Elizabeth Tavolier (mother Elizabeth Thorpe Tavolier VM86)
  • Isaac Stecz (father Eric Stecz VM89)
  • Gino Puglia (father Anthony Puglia VM85)
  • Maren Callahan (father Kevin Callahan VM91/mother Christina Casino Callahan VM94)
  • Aidan Sivak (father Craig Sivak VM85/mother Mary Ellen McAvoy Sivak VM87)


Marian Medal of Peace and Justice

In the spirit of the Gospel, and in the Marianist Tradition, the Marian Medal of Peace and Justice is awarded to a living graduate of St. Mary, St. Vincent, or St. Vincent-St. Mary High School who has embraced and embodied God’s reign by his or her efforts to protect human rights, to steward the earth’s resources, and/or to promote peace.  He or she has inspired our spirit, and has revealed the face of God to the world through these efforts.

To nominate a person for this award, open our Marian Medal of Peace and Justice nomination form.