Face of the Fund: Steve Hoskins

by Mr. Daniel Warner, VP for Institutional Advancement – St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Buffalo NY 

Since its inception in 2004, NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo, serving students from extremely economically depressed situations, has seen many of their young men continue their education at Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. Upon graduating, they have then attended some of the top colleges and universities. For Steve Hoskins, there was no doubt that this was the high school he wanted to attend after graduating from NativityMiguel. Fortunately, the St. John Baptist de La Salle Fund was there to help make this a reality for him.

An energetic and engaging young man of character, Steve is a rising sophomore at St. Joe’s. Not only was he a member of the JV football team, but also a standout player on the freshman basketball team. Aside from being a talented athlete, Steve considers his academic accomplishments to be of equal importance. Excelling as a two-sport athlete and working hard to achieve his scholastic goals, Steve proudly finished his freshman year with a 90% average.

Steve’s teachers will often comment that he demonstrates a genuine concern for his fellow students. Mrs. Annie Golden, instructor in the Academic Enrichment Center, says “Steve always seems to search out the quietest student or the one walking at the end of the group. He makes an effort to engage that student in conversation or just walk alongside him.”

Now, having completed a terrific freshman year, Steve is looking forward to continuing to participate in the St. Joe’s Summer Bridge Program and tackle his summer reading list in preparation for an exciting sophomore year.

THE ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE FUND seeks to ensure that a Lasallian education is available and accessible to those students most in need. Through an initial program of student sponsorship and a growing program of grants to identified schools, the Fund provides tuition assistance for students to attend a Lasallian school. With your support, we are now providing $845,000 annually for our students in need. All are welcome to join the Brothers and their Partners-in-Mission in this specially dedicated scholarship fund which continues to grow each year.