JCA Awards Frank Golf Scholarship in Mathematics to recent St. Raymond’s Graduate

Erik Troha and Mr. Frank Golf

Joliet Catholic Academy recently presented the Frank Golf Scholarship in Mathematics to Cathedral of St. Raymond School graduate Erik Troha at the St. Raymond annual honors ceremony on Monday, May 21st. Troha will enter JCA as a freshman in the fall of 2018. The scholarship provides 50% tuition assistance to incoming JCA students based on excellence in Math. Mr. Frank Golf recently retired after the 2016-2017 school year, but not before providing 50 years of service to Joliet Catholic High School and Joliet Catholic Academy as a member of the Math Department.  During his illustrious career Mr. Golf was nominated for the University of Chicago Outstanding Teacher Award and was named SFA-DLA-JCHS-JCA Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Golf is a member of the JCA Hall of Fame and received a Teacher Recognition Award from the Give Back to Others Foundation. Students are identified through their incoming HSPT scores and through a FACTS Tuition Management application. 

Andrew Ndoca ’79, also a 1975 graduate of St. Raymond School, established the Frank Golf Scholarship in Mathematics to celebrate and recognize Mr. Golf’s lifelong vocation to teaching at JCA. When asked about the scholarship Mr. Ndoca commented, “My wife and I established this Scholarship to recognize, in a general sense, the positive significance a lifelong vocation has upon a community and its members. Specifically, the Frank Golf Scholarship recognizes Mr. Golf’s unique vocation in the service to less fortunate, but nevertheless gifted, students in the Joliet community.”

Erik Troha was commended both with the Frank Golf Scholarship for Mathematics and a Franciscan-Carmelite Top Scorer Scholarship on the High School Placement Test (HSPT), a test administered by Joliet Diocesan Catholic High Schools to earn acceptance into Catholic High School. Erik scored in the 99th percentile on the exam, and was the top scorer out of 239 students that have taken the JCA Entrance Exam for the 2018-2019 school year. 

The Franciscan-Carmelite Top Scorer Scholarship is awarded annually to top scorers on the JCA Placement Exam. These students generally make up the top 10% of JCA’s graduating classes. The top 10% of JCA’s 2018 graduating class averaged a 30.05 on the ACT. This award honors the legacy and tradition of Catholic Education in Will County provided by the Carmelite and Franciscan religious orders.

Prospective families interested in enrolling their child at Joliet Catholic Academy, the Joliet area’s leader in Catholic Education and academic achievement, should contact the JCA Admissions Office at 815.741.0500 or e-mail JCA Admissions Director Mr. Ryan at rquigley@jca-online.org.

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