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Ryle fund offers $50,000 graduate scholarship

Edward J. Ryle (file photo)

Monsignor Edward J. Ryle (file photo)

A nonprofit fund established to honor the memory and legacy of the late Monsignor Edward J. Ryle, considered by many the “conscience of the Legislature,” is offering a graduate level scholarship valued at more than $50,000.

Applications for the 18- to 24-month scholarship for study at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry are being accepted through April 1, said Bette DeGraw, interim president of the Monsignor Edward J. Ryle Fund. The successful applicant will pursue a master’s degree in transformational leadership.

The scholarship will cover tuition, room, board, and books for the chosen student during the course of study. After graduation the recipient will be required to work in Arizona for a minimum of two years in the area of public policy.

From 1984 until he retired in 2003, Ryle, a Catholic priest, lobbied on behalf of the state’s poor and most vulnerable. He died in December 2005 at the age of 74.

Scholarship applications are available at the fund’s website, www.Rylefund.org.  Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a grade point average of at least 2.75. They also should have two years of relevant experience in such areas as social services, ministry or education.

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