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Saint Martha's Knights of Columbus Award in Memory of Father Charlie Cheverie
|Process:||One student is recommended by the Guidance Office of Charlottetown Rural High School and one student is recommended by the Guidance Office of Morell High School. Selected by the UPEI Scholarship Committee on Scholarships and Awards|
|Description:||Granted to a student who completed their secondary education at Charlottetown Rural high School or Morell High School, will enter their first undergraduate degree program in the UPEI Faculty of Science, and has an interest in Biology.|
|Background:||The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Men's Fraternal Service Organization founded in 1822 with about 2 million members worldwide. Its focus is on charitable works supporting families in need. The St. Martha's Knights of Columbus was formed initially as the St. Eugene's Council. there are over 20 such Councils in PEI. It is currently affiliated with St. Martha's Pastoral Unit consisting of the Catholic Parishes/Churches of St. Bonaventure's in Tracadie Cross, St. Michael's in Corran Ban and St. Eugene's in Covehead. The primary focus of the St. Martha's Council is to support individuals and/or families in need whether due to health, sickness or financial related needs and also to support selected community projects including youth related initiatives. High School students from the St. Martha's area generally attend Charlottetown Rural high School or Morell High School. Fr. Charlie Cheverie was a full-time Professor of Biology at St. Dunstan's University and then the University of Prince Edward Island for 35 years, retiring in 1997. He continued as the Catholic Chaplain on campus. During that time he wasPastor at St. Eugene's Parish in Covehead for a lengthy period of time spanning some 40 years. He celebrated 60 years as a priest in 2017. Fr. Charlie was very active in supporting and involving young people in the Church and Community in various ways including socially and academically as well as in religion. This approach extended to other parishioners as well. He was a friend and support to all. He also extended his interest and work to adjacent churches. He was a "People's Priest". As well, Fr. Caharlie was a life member of the Knight's of Columbus having served for over 50 years in Charlottetown and with St. Martha's. He was Chaplain of the St. Martha's Council since its inception in 2001. Fr. Charlie died in August 31, 2019 at the age of 87. A fellow priest said he lived every day to the fullest. In November 2019, the St. Martha's Knights of Columbus decided to establish an award in memory of Fr. Charlie for a worthy student entering UPEI.|