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Bernardo Sanchez and Brianeliz Gomez named Fama Scholars for the 2019-20 School Year

Malden Catholic High School is proud to announce that incoming students Bernardo Sanchez B’2023 and Brianeliz Gomez G’2023 have been named the school’s inaugural Fama Scholars for the 2019-20 school year.

The Fama Scholarship is the result of a $500,000 gift from Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Sallyann Fama, graduates of the Class of 1956 at Malden Catholic and Girls Catholic respectively. Dr. Fama is a Nobel Laureate in Economics.

“We are encouraged and overwhelmed by the generosity of Gene and Sallyann Fama that allowed us to offer these scholarships,” said headmaster John Thornburg.  “Through their commitment to our school, we are able to make a difference in the lives of students we wouldn't have been able to otherwise.  It is a great privilege to be able to provide the excellent education that Malden Catholic offers to these remarkable students.”

Already generous benefactors to the recently completed Essential Malden Catholic Campaign and the Fund for Malden Catholic, the Famas intended for a significant portion of their gift to make a difference in the lives of deserving students who would not otherwise be able to afford a Malden Catholic education.  Scholarships will be made available to students in both the School for Boys and the School for Girls and will be renewable over four years.

Bernardo and Brianeliz were chosen among students from urban communities who, in the judgment of the admissions committee, have distinguished themselves as high academic achievers, strong participants in the co-curricular activities of their schools, and young men and women of excellent character.

A resident of Lynn and graduate of Breed Middle School, Bernardo Sanchez is an accomplished musical theater performer with the New York City-based Summer Institute of Vocal Arts. His recent credits include Godspell, Annie Jr., and Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. A leader in his school community, Bernardo served as president of the Spanish National Honor Society, head anchor for the TV Club, and a member of the newspaper club, mock trial program, and choir. After Malden Catholic, Bernardo hopes to pursue vocal studies at a music conservatory.

Also a resident of Lynn, Brianeliz Gomez comes to Malden Catholic from Sacred Heart School. A product of lifelong Catholic education, Brianeliz is highly involved in dance and visual arts outside of school. At Sacred Heart School, she was a student councilor and was heavily involved in the school’s service efforts. Brianeliz plans to use her Malden Catholic education to further her interests in design and engineering.

Both Bernardo and Brianeliz will begin their studies at Malden Catholic in September.

To learn more about attending Malden Catholic, visit or call the admissions office at 781-475-5308.

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