The Rev. Msgr. Larry J. Droll Scholarship for Catholic Laity, established in 2002, is designed to assist Catholic laymen and women pursuing a graduate degree in theology and church-related professions that might qualify them for professional positions in parish 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 in any Catholic graduate school in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Mississippi. Applicants may also be enrolled in an extension program or at the Catholic University of America School of Canon Law.
Elsa Hernandez of Lubbock, Texas, Mariela Serna of McAllen, Texas, and Jesus Zenteno of Laredo, Texas, were selected to receive the 2020 Rev. Msgr. Larry J. Droll Scholarship for Catholic Laity.
Hernandez is studying to serve the Diocese of Lubbock. She attends the University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry, where she is seeking a Masters of Catechetical Ministry. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech Health Science Center. In addition to serving as a Catholic School Nurse, Hernandez works as the Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator for her parish.
Serna is studying to serve the Diocese of Brownsville. She attends the University of St. Thomas, where she is studying for a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She currently serves as Auxiliary Bishop’s Executive Secretary and hopes to establish a Vocations Ministry in her parish and coordinate with the Diocese of Brownsville Vocation Office.
Zenteno is studying to serve the Diocese of Laredo. He attends Oblate School of Theology, where he is seeking a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree from Texas A&M International. Zenteno has participated in World Youth Day Pilgrimages in Madrid, Brazil, and Poland. He currently works with the Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of Laredo, and with his degree, plans to continue the development of the program.