Shown from left: St. Francis de Sales School Principal Maryrose Hall, Travis Gaskill, Connelly Foundation representatives Emily Riley and Oonie Lynch, and St. Francis de Sales Parish’s Pastor, Father Alan Okon.

Travis Gaskill, an eighth grader at St. Francis de Sales School in Aston, Delaware County, has been accepted into the Neumann Scholars program. He is one of 37 scholarship recipients in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this year. See other recipients here.

The Neumann Scholars program, sponsored by the Connelly Foundation, awards academically talented eighth grade students through an independently administered competitive examination and provides four-year scholarships to attend one of 17 archdiocesan high schools.

Travis’ parents, Clayton and Colleen, are very proud of Travis and his teachers. “Travis has worked very hard and we are honored that he was selected by the Connelly Foundation for this award,” said his mother. “His scholarship is a testament to the dedication and excellence of St. Francis’ teachers, staff and community.”


Both Travis and his brother Trevor, a fourth grader, have been students at St. Francis de Sales since first grade.  Travis will be attending Cardinal O’Hara High School in the fall.

He has also qualified for the 2013-2014 Global Talent Search sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. He is an elected member of student government, plays baseball and basketball for CYO, and is an altar server.

Travis is also a Boy Scout with Troop 225 chartered to St. Joseph Parish in Aston.

“Travis has worked very diligently throughout his academic career,” said principal Maryrose Hall. “The teachers and fellow students all congratulate him on this prestigious accomplishment and wish him all the best as he prepares for high school.”