Reverend William F. Pentis Memorial Scholarship

Father Pentis

The SCCCW Reverend William F. Pentis Memorial Scholarship was established in 2009 to honor Father Pentis, an Oratorian Father, who served as Moderator for the SCCCW, providing spiritual support for more than 30 years. His work with Council was a labor of love.

Left: Father Pentis, a Mass Concelebrant
2009 SCCCW Convention Hilton Head



General Information:

The SCCCW mission is to respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.  It strives to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in Spirituality, leadership and service.  The scholarship was, therefore, created to encourage and promote such themes among Catholic females graduating fro high schools within South Carolina.

This merit-based scholarship grants one $1,500 award to its recipient.

Eligibility Requirements:


Please send all completed applications, transcripts, letters and essays by
April 15, 2017

Marlene Grover
SCCCW President
513 13th Avenue North
Surfside Beach, SC 29575


More on Reverend William F. Pentis

Father Pentis honored at the 2008 SCCCW Convention.
Presentation made by President Mary Sue Barnum


Article from the 2003 Issue of the NCCW national magazine, Catholic Woman.
Father William Pentis with SCCCW President, Joan Mack



Elena Victoria Smith,
2016 SCCCW Reverend William Pentis Scholarship Winner



Congratulations to Elena Victoria Smith, the Fr. William F. Pentis 2016 Memorial Scholarship award winner.  Elena is a member of the Church of the Nativity in Charleston, South Carolina.  She is very active in her church as a faithful Altar Server, Parish School of Religion Volunteer, Vacation Bible School Volunteer, and in addition assists and participates in various programs and retreats sponsored by her church.

Scholastically, Elena is an outstanding student, member of the National Honors Society, Key Club, Spanish Club, Varsity Soccer Team, and volunteers weekly at the Medical University of South Carolina.  She has received the following awards/achievements: Academic Achievement in Chemistry and the Sisters of SS. Cyril and Methodius Award for concern and commitment to others through service.  Elena is truly a very caring person as demonstrated by her concern and care for family members and others.  Determination and the power of prayer are words that describe Elena in her everyday life. 

Elena plans to major in Biology and Minor in Spanish.  Her future goal is to become a doctor so that she can improve the quality of life for all of her patients.  She states, “Giving of ourselves for the benefit of another is the ultimate act of love.  In our service to others, it is important to be aware of our Catholic social teachings, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and our faith in general.  Service should be a way of life, not something that we do every once and a while.”  

Blessings and prayers to Elena from the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women in all her endeavors!

Rachael D’Hoore,
2015 SCCCW Reverend William Pentis $1,500 Scholarship Winner

Rachael is a graduate of Mauldin High School and attends St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville, SC. Her GPA is 4.6 and her many academic, sports, and community activities include: Beta Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, volunteers in the Medical Surgical Unit at the Greenville Health System, Project Host Soup Kitchen, Miracle League and more. She received the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Achievement Award, selected to the 2014 Palmetto Girls State, AP Scholar, Student Body Treasurer, Key Club Historian, Student Body Historian, Principal’s Honor Roll and A/B Honor Roll from grades 9 through 12 are among Rachel’s many recognition and achievements.

Her plan is to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing while attending Clemson University. After that she would like to pursue a career in pediatric oncology. She hopes to incorporate mission work as a part of her learning experience.

Rachael is quoted as saying, “I believe it truly is my faith that has played a major role in the career path I have chosen. As part of my volunteer experience, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication and compassion that it takes to be a nurse….My spirituality will allow me to give not only medical care but spiritual care to my patients.”

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014, Natalie Loren Rogers
  • 2013, Alondra DeSantiago
  • 2012, Mary Elizabeth Vernau
  • 2011, Mary Paluszak
  • 2010, Olivia Elswick