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Bishop John W. Yanta Scholars — Funding a Legacy

January 27, 2015 | posted by Stephen Chavez

Topics: Hope for the Future

Bishop John W. Yanta Scholars — Funding a Legacy

Bishop John W. Yanta Scholars — Funding a Legacy

Bishop Emeritus John W. Yanta is a name many people recognize. And they should, given his long list of accomplishments in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. In his 39 as a priest and 20 years as a bishop, he served as the CYO director, a founding member and executive director of Catholic Television San Antonio (CTSA), editor of Today’s Catholic, and served at many parishes blessed with a Catholic school including Holy Name, St. Ann, St. Pius X, Sacred Heart, St. Peter Prince of the Apostle and St. James the Apostle.

“I always wanted a parish with a school…,” said Bishop Yanta.

“I believe in Catholic education,” said the bishop. “If I was a layman, I would eat beans and rice the rest of my life to make the sacrifice for my kids to go to Catholic school.”

With all of his impressive accomplishments, it was befitting to honor him at a recent luncheon to celebrate his dedication to stewardship and his support of Catholic school education. As part of the celebration, Trichia Stoddard-Ramirez, Board Chair of Hope for the Future and candidate for Homecoming Queen at the upcoming Khaki & Plaid Gala, and Julie Seguin, director of Hope for the Future, officially announced the creation of a $20,000 scholarship in honor of Bishop Yanta. The scholarship, setup through Hope for the Future, will be called the Bishop John W. Yanta Scholars. The scholarship fund will help provide tuition assistance scholarships to families who show financial need and want to send their children to an area Catholic school.

Bishop Yanta was elated at the thought of helping families attend a Catholic school of their choice. “It was a beautiful thing that was done,” he exclaimed.

The luncheon helped to provide the scholarship with seed funding, a goal of $20,000 for his 20 years as a bishop. With the help of the community, Hope for the Future will build up the scholarship fund to add to Bishop Yanta’s on-going legacy. Currently, the fund is at $18,500. By making a pledge, your donation will bring tears of joy to families as they watch their children skip happily in a Catholic school uniform and into a school of their choice. An education families could not have afforded without your heartfelt gift.

Bishop Yanta offered this challenge and prayer, “May this endowment grow and grow for Catholic education of needy children. Thank you for the tributes.”

To support the Bishop John W. Yanta Scholarship, visit or call (210) 734-1907.