Rev. Msgr. Strano Memorial Scholarship Fund

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Reverend Monsignor Edward D. Strano, 84, a beloved priest of the Diocese of Trenton, entered eternal life. Monsignor Strano was a graduate of St. Charles College, Catonsville, MD, Seton Hall University, South Orange, and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington. He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend George W. Ahr on May 26, 1956 and served as associate pastor in the following parishes: Sacred Heart in Mount Holly, twice at St. John Vianney in Colonia, St. Anthony in Trenton, St. Joseph in Keyport, St Gregory the Great in Hamilton Square, and St. Mary in Bordentown. In 1976, Monsignor was installed as pastor of St. Ann in Keansburg and in 1986, installed as pastor of St. Clement in Matawan.

In addition to his parish assignments, Monsignor also faithfully served the Diocese of Trenton in the following ministries: Burlington County CYO Director, Assistant CCD Director, Chaplain, Rider College, CYO Moderator, Burlington County, the Priests Personnel Office, the Commission to Study All Aspects of the Monitor, Prosynodal Judge and Defender of the Bond, the Expansion and Development Committee, and Vicar for Catholic Education. In 1993, His Holiness John Paul II named him a Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor. His passion was working with youth. He was known for organizing CYO dances that drew large numbers of students from all over the state. He was revered as a powerful speaker, who delivered profound homilies. He retired from full time ministry in 1997.

The Reverend Monsignor Strano Memorial Scholarship Fund is to be awarded to one 8th grade student from each of the following parishes: Saint Benedict Church, Holmdel, Saint Clement Church, Matawan and Saint Ann Church, Keansburg. The candidates along with their parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) must be registered members of one of these parishes. They must be in good standing, practicing in their faith and living a Catholic lifestyle regardless of race, gender or national origin.

Each student selected to receive this scholarship will receive a 4 year scholarship of $8,000 annually. This amount will not decrease or increase over the 4 years at SJVHS.

The students receiving this scholarship must remain in good academic standing and have no disciplinary occurrences.

The following items must be submitted for consideration of this scholarship:

  1. Application and Essay
  2. Placement Test Scores (The Placement Test must be taken at SJVHS)
  3. 1 Letter of recommendation (priest, teacher, coach, guidance counselor, etc.)

All letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the individual writing the letter. Email to or mail to SJVHS, 540A Line Rd., Holmdel, NJ 07733. Attn: Patti Gilmartin.

Application Deadline: November 6, 2021.

Application Requirements:

  1. Application and Essay - Complete on-line
  2. Placement Test Scores
    (Test must be taken at SJVHS)
  3. 1 Letter of recommendation

Deadline: November 6, 2021.

For additional information, please contact Patti Gilmartin , or 732-931-2053 Ext. 155

Reverend Monsignor Strano