Inspired by a man who dedicated himself to ministering to Negro slaves in the early 1600s, anonymous donors have established The Saint Peter Claver Scholarship Fund. The fund becomes one of more than 640 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The first scholarship will be provided for the 2014-2015 academic year, to a Frederick County resident pursuing post-secondary education at a two or four year college or university. Consideration shall be based on an essay that describes the impact that Saint Peter Claver has had on the applicant’s life. Those interested in applying should click here for details. The online application will open January 15, 2014 and be available through February 15, 2014.
Saint Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest and missionary, left his native Spain and traveled to Cartagena (now in Columbia) to minister to tens of thousands of slaves brought there to be sold. Working in inhumane conditions, he provided medicine and food, and is credited with baptizing 300,000 slaves. This remained his life’s work until his passing in 1654. In 1888, he was canonized by Pope Leo XIII, who declared him the worldwide patron of missionary work among black slaves.