Message from the guardian Board CHAIR
Every donor gives for a personal reason. For June and Vince Schuppert, it is all about giving children hope for a better future. Since 2013, the Schupperts have chosen Guardian Catholic School as one of their philanthropic priorities — and what a difference they have made!
Vince grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, while June is a self-described city girl. However, God's plans were made clear through an unusual set of circumstances that brought them together 66 years ago. When Vince, a United States Navy pilot who enjoyed flying into hurricanes to collect critical data, met June, an Eastern Airlines stewardess, they realized they would have a full and blessed life together. In turn, the couple has shared that blessing with others through their compassionate and thoughtful giving.
The Schupperts have helped children at Guardian Catholic by providing scholarships in partnership with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Their enormous generosity has enabled Guardian students, who have made a personal commitment to do their best despite adverse life circumstances, to ascend to new heights.
Last year, while continuing the scholarships, the Schupperts recognized the need for Guardian to employ a full-time school nurse. The need has always been important, but amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it became a critical issue for Guardian students. As Vince's sister worked as a school nurse in Ohio, he and June witnessed the difference her work made in families’ lives.
As for the scholarships, Vince said, “Our goal is to give the children hope for a future.” June added, “We want them to have something to strive for — an incentive that will continue to motivate them to work hard after they graduate from Guardian in 8th grade.”
At Guardian, we serve the whole child — body, mind and spirit — and strive to help each child achieve their God-given potential. Our heartfelt thanks go out to June and Vince Schuppert and to all donors whose generosity sustains the mission of Guardian Catholic School.