The Damien James Shea Foundation

Life is not fair. Nor does it discriminate.

While it’s hard enough for adults to cope when the bottom drops out, it is infinitely harder for an adolescent. Truly, nothing can erase tragedies, but recognizing a teenager’s courage and grace in dealing with it is what the Damien James Shea Foundation does.

Every year--without the students' knowledge—high schools nominate student for grants from the DJS Foundation. Counselors and teachers meet to select students who, during the year, have had to deal with issues that they are seemingly too young to have. In doing so, these students have shown a remarkable maturity.

The DJS grant is not an academic award. The only academic requirement is that the student has remained in school during the year.

At an assembly, the student is publicly recognized and given an envelope of cash, with no strings attached.

It’s a simple recognition for a remarkable young man or woman.

View the award recipients

Award Recipients

2003-2004 School Year
George “Randy” McGowan
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

2004-2005 School Year
Nigel Munson
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

2005-2006 School Year
Peter Chorbajian and Kyle Rippeon
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

2006-2007 School Year
Philip Damron
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

2007-2008 School Year
Matt Miller
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

2008-2009 School Year
Brandon Fitzgerald
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

2009-2010 School Year
Matthew May
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

2010-2011 School Year
Andrew Eck
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

2011-2012 School Year
Emily Biery
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
Olney, Maryland

Troye Bullock
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

Bria Green
Elizabeth Seton High School
Bladensburg, Maryland

Sasha Moore
Gatlinburg-Pittman High School
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Aron Chick
Dodge County High School
Eastman, Georgia







2011-2012 School Year (Cont'd)
Zach Danforth
Dodge County High School
Eastman, Georgia

Grayson Pooser
Summerville High School
Summerville, South Carolina

2012-2013 School Year
Antonio Pino
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
Olney, Maryland

Melissa Barrera
Elizabeth Seton High School
Bladensburg, Maryland

2013-2014 School Year
Ross Tschiffely
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

Sarah Larkin
Elizabeth Seton High School
Bladensburg, Maryland

2014-2015 School Year
Campbell Schmucker
Elizabeth Seton High School
Bladensburg, Maryland

Isaas Tesunbi
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

2015-2016 School Year
Jack Von Kannon
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

Nicole Herrera
Elizabeth Seton High School
Bladensburg, Maryland

2016-2017 School Year
Jemel Hedego
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

Enya Carter
Elizabeth Seton High School
Bladensburg, Maryland

2017-2018 School Year
Christopher McKinney
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

Patrick McKinney
DeMatha Catholic High School
Hyattsville, Maryland

Sidni Vernon
Elizabeth Seton High School
Bladensburg, Maryland

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We can also be reached at 401 Beech Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912.

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