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Jill Mulligan Scholarship Fund


The Jill Mulligan Scholarship Fund will be used by St. Pius X Catholic High School to provide scholarships to students in the band or fine arts program. This fund was established in memory of Jill Mulligan, mother of Elena ’18 and Jackson ’21.


When Jill Mulligan suddenly passed away in October 2019, many asked her family how they could best honor Jill’s memory. The family created the Jill Mulligan Memorial Scholarship at St. Pius X Catholic High School. The scholarship married two of Jill’s great passions: her commitment to Catholic education and her love for the arts.


The scholarship recognizes Jill’s commitment to St. Pius by enabling a student band member to experience the incredible blessings of a Catholic education.


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Crean Family Fund


Marie Crean has used many methods to support charitable organizations. “Giving to my favorite charities from my IRA is a tax-free way to give from IRA taxable income,” she shared. She’s also given gifts of cash. Last year, she decided to use a charitable fund to establish the Crean Family Fund, an endowment fund which will provide scholarships for students in need to attend Marist School and Reach for Excellence.


Her four children and three of her grandchildren attended Marist School in Brookhaven. She and her late husband, Dennis, had supported a program called LINK in Chicago and were pleased to support Reach for Excellence when they learned of it after living in Atlanta for several years. Reach for Excellence is a Marist sponsored nonprofit that offers students of limited income a mix of academic, cultural, and community- based experiences that prepares them for the challenges of college- preparatory programs. “Dennis and I were both Catholic educated and see the difference a faith-based education can provide in forming the whole person,” Marie said.


She chose to set up an endowment fund for these two organizations because it will continue to support their missions forever. “I’m so pleased that Marie chose to place her fund at the Catholic Foundation because I know how much her Catholic faith means to her and she knows that we will honor her intent in perpetuity,” said Catholic Foundation President Nancy Coveny.


Whether from an IRA gift, charitable giving fund, or other method, the Catholic Foundation can help you create a lasting legacy.

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Rheda and Robert Wanstreet Scholarship Fund


Rheda Cavanagh Wanstreet was a lifelong teacher whose love for children spilled over into abundant charity for many others in need throughout her life.


Long past retirement from teaching and well after the death of her husband, Robert, Rheda worked as a tireless volunteer and lay minister for the people of St. James the Apostle Church in McDonough, her dog Brigid often at her side. She delivered Meals on Wheels, brought Communion to the sick at Henry Hospital, Sacred Journey Hospice and at nursing homes and private residences, and was a trusted counselor and friend. She supported those charities and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home with financial contributions.



Those who were close to Rheda spoke of her great humility. “She was a role model for all of us on how to live our lives as Christians,” said Meg Atkinson, Parish Life Coordinator at St. James the Apostle Parish.



Through her work with our Director of Gift Planning, Diane Duquette, Rheda was able to make plans to continue her work beyond her lifetime by creating a legacy at The Catholic Foundation. “Rheda Wanstreet was not only a pillar of St. James church in McDonough, she was a legend,” said Diane Duquette, Director of Gift Planning. “Her Catholic legacy will continue.”



Appropriate to her career, The Rheda and Robert Wanstreet Endowment Fund will provide scholarships for students at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School.

Give to the Rheda and Robert Wanstreet Scholarship Fund