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NCEA Seton Awards

Magazine article Momentum

NCEA Seton Awards

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The NCEA Seton Award is named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in recognition of her lifelong dedication to Catholic education. This award is presented annually to exemplary individuals whose support and service have had a significant impact on Catholic education or provided opportunities to young people that allowed them to attend Catholic school. Each Seton honoree has a scholarship presented in their name to a deserving Catholic school student in the local community.

This year, NCEA will honor four individuals with the Seton Award at the Seton Gala on October 6,2014 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The NCEA President's Award is also bestowed during the annual Seton celebration, honoring the lifetime contributions of an outstanding individual whose work has enhanced Catholic education on a national level.

For reservations or additional information about the NCEA Seton Awards, visit or contact Jessica Ko at (571) 206-1527.

Five to be Honored at NCEA Seton Awards in Washington, D.C.

NCEA Seton Awards Named in Honor of Mother Seton

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the NCEA Seton Awards, named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in recognition of her lifelong dedication to teaching and children. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, wife and mother, educator, foundress, and the first native-born American saint, is considered the patron saint of Catholic schools.

Beginning in 1809 in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Mother Seton's Sisters of Charity spread throughout North America and 30 other countries. In 1810 she established the St. Joseph Academy and Free School as the first free Catholic school for girls in the country staffed by religious women. Today the nearly 3,300 Sisters and Daughters of Charity form the Sisters of Charity Federation of North America. 'Ihey sponsor five colleges and serve as educators in more than 140 elementary and high schools, preschools, religious education programs, special and adult education programs.

Seton Honoree: Tracy Family Foundation

The Tracy Family Foundation was incorporated in December 1997 by the Robert and Dorothy Tracy family. The 60-plus members of the Tracy family created the Foundation as a means to share their many blessings and to enable others to live out the values instilled in them by Robert and Dorothy. The Foundation seeks to proactively strengthen Brown County Illinois and the surrounding region by investing in education, youth, and families to build capacity in these communities. The Tracy Family Foundation strives to make a positive impact on Pre-K to 12 Catholic schools in the areas of academics, character, leadership, and spiritual development.

NCEA is honoring the Tracy Family Foundation for serving as an exemplary model of Catholic service and dedication to Catholic education. Over the past three years, it has donated more than $1 million to Catholic schools and organizations.

Seton Honoree: Fred Kiipsch

For 22 years, Fred Kiipsch has served as the chairman of Kiipsch Group, Inc. (KGI), a company that produces worldclass Kiipsch speakers and headphones, known as the "Keepers of the Sound." Mr. Kiipsch is chairman of School Choice Indiana and chairman of the Educational Choice Charitable Trust and the Education Committee for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Kiipsch will be honored with the NCEA Seton Award for developing the Indiana Scholarship Tax Credit Program. …

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