St. Joseph Hill Academy Receives Grant from Northfield Bank Foundation to Establish an Emergency Scholarship Program

For Immediate Release

February 1, 2022

St. Joseph Hill Academy (SJHA), a private, Catholic academy on Staten Island with an Elementary School (Pre-K3-8th Grades) and a High School (9th-12th Grades), was presented with a check in the amount of 16,950 from the Northfield Bank Foundation to establish an Emergency Scholarship Program on Friday, January 28th for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Northfield Bank Foundation’s support is designed to provide critically needed financial assistance to students who have experienced unanticipated financial hardship due to unexpected family hardship. Northfield’s grant will be earmarked for four SJHA Elementary School students and one SJHA High School student and is designed to cover 50 percent of the annual tuition for each recipient.

“We, at St. Joseph Hill Academy High School, thank Northfield Bank Foundation for sharing our values and supporting students facing unexpected difficulties. It is through Northfield Bank Foundation’s generosity that these students can continue to learn and have stability at a school that has become their second home,” said Mrs. Maria Molluzzo, SJHA High School Principal.

Check Presentation

Photo (Left to right)

Ms. Constance Costa, Alumna and Scholarship Benefactor

Mr. Lawrence Hansen, SJHA Elementary School Principal

Ms. Diane Senerchia, Executive Director, Northfield Bank Foundation

Sister Mary Coffelt, FDC, SJHA President

Mrs. Maria Molluzzo, SJHA High School Principal

Dr. Elizabeth Basile, SJHA Development and Alumni Relations Director



“We are grateful to Northfield Bank Foundation for their generosity in supporting our elementary school students by providing scholarship support to address their emergency financial needs,” said Mr. Lawrence Hansen, SJHA Elementary School Principal.

St. Joseph Hill Academy is committed to the educational, emotional and social well-being of all the students we serve.  SJHA feels an obligation to our students and their families to assist them however, and whenever possible when they experience challenges beyond their control.  Student support is always a critical priority for our Academy. With this Emergency Scholarship grant from the Northfield Bank Foundation, SJHA will be empowered to provide support to these families, and primarily to these students, to ensure the continuity of their education and that an important constant in their life, their school, is unchanged no matter the circumstance.

Eligibility for the scholarships will be determined by the school administration based on the individual circumstance of each student.

“It is Northfield Bank Foundation’s mission to support education and children, especially children in need.  We are confident our partnership with SJHA is the best investment we can make to improve the quality of life for our community,” said Ms. Diane Senerchia, Executive Director, Northfield Bank Foundation.   

The Northfield Bank Foundation was established in 2007 with the mission to support charitable initiatives within the communities which Northfield Bank serves – Staten Island, Brooklyn and Central New Jersey.  The Foundation focuses its efforts on projects to support education, health and human services, youth and senior programs, affordable housing, hunger, individuals with special needs, and other types of community organizations and civic-minded projects that improve the quality of life for our community.

To date, the Foundation has donated $9.4 million to many non-profit organizations throughout Staten Island, Brooklyn and Central New Jersey.    

The Foundation benefits greatly from the insight and expertise of Chairman, Timothy Harrison, board members John Bowen, Annette Catino, John Connors, Jr., John DePierro, Steven Klein, Susan Lamberti, Frank Patafio, Paul Stalin, and Executive Director Diane Senerchia.