Knights of Columbus

Father John H. Stapleton Council #2287

The Kevin Johnson Memorial College Scholarship

Father John H. Stapleton Council College Scholarships

Father John H. Stapleton Council #2287
Knights of Columbus

New Canaan, CT 06840

The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage high school seniors to further their studies in one or all of the following categories:

  • Entering the religious life.
  • Entering a CatholicCollege.
  • Entering an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Entering an educational institution with the express goals of bettering the community in the Christian tradition or demonstrating an ongoing commitment to service.

On an annual basis the council shall offer awards of a one time scholarship to deserving high school seniors who are entering an accredited college.

Some guidelines for applicants:

  • The scholarship is open to both men and women.
  • Preferences of the award shall go to sons, daughters, or members of council#2287 who are in good standing.
  • Preference for any member of the St. Aloysius Parish family.
  • A high school senior who has demonstrated a commitment to Christian principles by contributing to their parish and community.
  • This scholarship is not a needs-based scholarship; it is offered to encourage the student to continue with his/her community mindedness through college.

SUBMISSION, FORMAT, and DEADLINE: Please fill out the attached application and return your submission in a Microsoft Word document via email to Michael LaMagna, Esq., at with a copy to Dr. John Kerchoff at and Bill Osterndorf at The deadline for submission is on or before June 1, 2020.  Scholarship winners will be notified via email.  

 Please Click Here to download the application.



In March 29, 1882, the Connecticut state legislature officially chartered the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal benefit society founded by Father Michael J. McGivney with a group of parishioners in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. Still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, and fraternity 125 years later, the Knights of Columbus has grown to the largest lay Catholic organization in the world with more than 1.7 million members.

Throughout its history, the Knights of Columbus has been an effective advocate and defender of civil and religious rights for all. The organization has also contributed billions of dollars and millions of hours of volunteer service to charity.

Council #2287 was founded through the efforts of the men of St. Aloysius in 1921 and is named after Father John H. Stapleton. Our council works closely with the members of the parish as well as the surrounding areas. We also provide funds for various projects in the church, local community as well as larger charitable endeavors. Our regular meetings for members are held on the 1st Monday of every month  at 8pm from September to June.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus. The current Grand Knight is JD Piro. Email us for more information.

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