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The newly established Catherine Stenderhoff 10465 Scholarship, sponsored by Annmarie (Stenderhoff) Hawkins ’78 is in honor of her beloved mother, Catherine Kellachan Stenderhoff.  Mrs. Stenderhoff, a proud Aquinas alumna, valued Catholic education and worked to send her daughters to both St. Frances de Chantal and Preston High School in the Throggs Neck neighborhood of The Bronx.  That was a very important value for Mrs. Stenderhoff, and was much appreciated by her daughters.

“We are very grateful to our loyal alumna, Annmarie Stenderhoff Hawkins ’78, for establishing this scholarship to honor her beloved mother, Catherine Stenderhoff,” said Mrs. Jane Grendell, principal of Preston High School. “Mrs. Hawkins’ generosity will help to make a Preston High School education more affordable for an incoming freshmen residing in the 10465 zip code, the same area where Preston is located.”

The Catherine Stenderhoff 10465 Scholarship in the amount of $25,000 will fulfill its mission with the distribution of $1,250 yearly to one incoming student for four (4) years who resides in the 10465 area. Each year, over the next 5 years, the admissions committee will select a freshman who meets the scholarship criteria.  Five students will receive the $5000 scholarship, paid across four years of Preston education.  

The awardee will provide an annual letter with updates on her ongoing Preston experience.  The $25,000 will only be expended on scholarships for students from the donor’s neighborhood of origin.

The PRESTON HS Community Honors the legacy and memory of Sr. Lucille Bridgetts, RDC


Known to most alumnae as “Ma Sœur”, Sr Lucille Bridgetts, Preston’s beloved French teacher, died peacefully age 97 at Wartburg Residence on April 24.

Sr. Lucille came to reside in Throgs Neck, in the PHS mansion and taught at St. Frances de Chantal in 1953-57.  

We were blessed to have her as French teacher and department chair at PHS since 1957, educating each generation of students to love and excel in languages and cultural literacy. 

Upon retiring from teaching, Sr. Lucille worked tirelessly in the Main Office every morning doing necessary tasks and greeting the students when the doors opened at 7 am.

Generations of former students will remember her as a woman of deep fidelity, compassion, wisdom and faith.

Please hold Sr. Mary Lucille, her family and all the Sisters of the Divine Compassion in your prayers.


If you would like to make a donation to the RDC Memorial Fund at Preston High School in honor of the life and service of Sr. Mary Lucille Bridgetts, RDC, please do so here:

Memorial Gift


Sr. Susan Greene, RDC, Preston’s beloved art teacher from 1977 through 1994, passed away on April 17. Sr. Susan was a contemplative artist in residence while at Preston and then shared her talents with Good Counsel and St. Cabrini Nursing Home.

Sr. Susan created and developed the art program at Preston and enjoyed helping students find their artistic talents. Her smile was genuine and her heart was welcoming. She is remembered as a woman of deep compassion who worked for social justice, peace and equality in our world.

Please hold Sr. Susan, her family and all the Sisters of the Divine Compassion in your prayers.


If you would like to make a donation to Preston High School’s RDC Memorial Fund in honor of the life and service of Sr. Susan Greene, RDC, please do so below:

Memorial Gift