The archdiocesan Class of 2022 has already received high marks from dozens of colleges and universities, with graduating high school seniors amassing close to $450 million in scholarships.

The total of $449,306,750 – a 9% increase from 2022’s tally — was announced this week by Nancy Kurtz, interim superintendent for archdiocesan secondary schools and her college and chief financial officer Jay DeFruscio.

In a June 22 statement, Kurtz commended the members of the Class of 2022 on behalf of the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education, “and the foundations and benefactors supporting (its) schools.”

Appearing in a Facebook video message accompanying the statement, she and Fruscio admitted they were impressed by the scholarship total representing the 16 archdiocesan high schools, saying, “Wow, that’s amazing.”

Recently, Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez shared his own end-of-year message to archdiocesan school families, faculty, staff and administrators, and in particular to the Class of 2022.

“You’ve worked hard, formed lasting bonds, and accomplished so much inside and outside the classroom,” he said. “I pray that you will go forth into the next chapter of your lives with the zealous heart of a missionary disciple to encounter the world for Christ. Congratulations to you and all those who have supported you along the way.”