This unique gift will establish need-based scholarships to Walsh University students.

NORTH CANTON  Walsh University and The Knights of Columbus, Bishop McFadden Council No. 3777, have formed a new partnership and established a $500,000 endowed scholarship program.

This unique gift will establish need-based scholarships to Walsh University students and provide The Knights of Columbus with partial use of Walsh’s facilities.

“The establishment of a formal partnership underscores the important relationship between our two organizations, while providing support for our shared commitment to the Catholic faith,” Walsh President Richard Jusseaume said in a statement.

“For The Knights of Columbus, this partnership will strengthen their connection to the local community by creating a more visible presence in North Canton. And for Walsh, the establishment of this scholarship will help to provide much-needed financial aid for our students as they pursue their academic goals and personal development as leaders in service to others. This truly is a win-win for us both.”

The Bishop McFadden Council No. 3777 has around 180 members from the Catholic parishes of Christ the Servant Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church and Little Flower.  It was established in North Canton in 1954, which coincides with the founding of Walsh University during the same time period.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with a Catholic organization in our community sharing common values,” said David J. Wechter, council treasurer.

“This partnership will not only further the Knight’s legacy and mission but also supports the development of servant leadership skills in future generations of Walsh students.  Servant leadership is what our faith calls us to do and is critical to ensuring our mission in perpetuity.”