The Rev. Msgr. Larry J. Droll Scholarship for Catholic Laity, established in 2002, is designed to assist Catholic laymen and women who are pursuing a graduate degree in theology and church-related professions that might qualify them for professional positions in parish and diocesan ministry.
The renewable $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to two candidates in need of tuition assistance for additional education who serve or want to serve his or her parish as an Administrator, Youth Minister, Parish Coordinator or other roles.
This scholarship is geared towards those who have already obtained their bachelor’s degree and who are either enrolled or want to enroll into any Catholic graduate school in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Mississippi. Applicants may also be enrolled in an extension program or in the Catholic University of America School of Canon Law.
Ashley Appel of Diamondhead, Mississippi and Bridget Hanafin of McKinney, Texas were selected to receive the 2018 Rev. Larry J. Droll Scholarship for Catholic Laity.
Appel is currently studying to serve the Diocese of Biloxi. She attends the University of Holy Cross seeking a Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and currently serves as the Director of Religious Studies Education and CYO Director at Annunciation Catholic Church in Kiln, Mississippi. Her calling is to continue working in her parish.
Hanafin is currently studying to serve the Diocese of Dallas. She attends the University of Dallas seeking a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Psychology and currently serves as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen. Her goal is to be out in the world as a lay minister.