Matthew Hearn '13 Memorial Scholarship

The Matthew Hearn Memorial Scholarship was founded in the fall of 2020 after the passing of Matthew Hearn ’13, by his loving parents, Regina and James.

“We shall walk together on this path of life, 
for all things are part of the universe and are 
connected with each other to form one whole unity.”

Maria Montessori

For 11 years at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, Matthew Hearn ’13, lived, learned and loved these words of Maria Montessori. He was the type of student who reached out to his classmates and made sure everyone was included and had whatever they needed. ‘How can I help you?’ wasn’t just a question to Matthew. It was a direct line to his faith-filled desire to be like Jesus, “to live and work so that all people may be united to God and one another” SSJ/NFA mission statement, and to share the gospel values in his compassionate heart. 💕

He believed we were all connected to each other and the unity that was formed was meant to be shared with family, NFA friends, dear neighbors...and the whole Earth community. Matthew’s heart held so much for others: hope, faith and most of all LOVE. His NFA SPIRIT was strong, generous and so inclusive. The memory of his JOY-FILLED presence and smile, still light-up a room and fills our hearts with belief in the God who LOVES and cares for us all.  Matthew, to you we say…”your life was a continuous ACT OF LOVE.” SSJ Maxim 4 

Sister Marjorie Lawless, SSJ


In fond memory of Matthew, and in the spirit of their family’s faith in the mission of Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, an annual award will be made to a middle school student at NFA to be applied to the student’s tuition for the following school year. The award will be known as the Matthew Hearn '13  Memorial Scholarship.

The recipient of the award will be selected under the following criteria:

  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Dedication to Service Learning
  3. Devotion to Christian values
  4. Submission of a 250-500 word essay by the year’s determined deadline. (This deadline will be announced in the spring).

Each year, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, along with the Hearn family, will select the student who qualifies for the award based on the above criteria.

Gifts and pledge payments designated to The Matthew Hearn Memorial Scholarship Fund must be received before June 30, 2022, in order to count in the current fiscal year. Donors have the option to donate monthly or quarterly, in addition to a one-time gift.

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