From Left: Emma Carman, Allison Hage, Christian Sherman, Matthew Brunner, Jack Main (not pictured: Natalie Crowe)
As a Sisters of Mercy school, Red Bank Catholic puts tremendous value on giving. The act of giving can take many forms: student-led service projects that enrich the community, dedicated faculty who give of their time and talents to help their students, alumni and supporters of the school who cherished their time as Caseys and see the value in RBC for future generations. Scholarships that provide the financial support to allow students to dedicate themselves to a Catholic-rooted, quality education at Red Bank Catholic is a form of giving that can offer a lifetime of benefits and opportunities to those who receive them.
One of the scholarships at RBC that has had a tremendous impact on both its recipients and the school is the Horn Scholarship. Created by Robert Horn, himself a proud Casey from the class of 1956, this four-year scholarship provides substantial tuition assistance to an incoming freshman who demonstrates both academic success and financial need.
Though having spent most of his adult life in Wisconsin, quite a distance from his alma mater, Bob still carries Red Bank Catholic close to his heart. He keeps in regular touch with many members of his class of ‘56 and credits his education at RBC for giving him the strong foundation that would propel his future success in finance. Six years ago, when deciding how he wanted to give back to the school he was so proud of, Bob felt strongly that a scholarship would be the most impactful. “I remember being a student and knowing some brilliant kids who would have thrived at RBC but whose families couldn’t afford the tuition,” remarked Bob. “I wanted to figure out a way to make sure the quality of the student body continued its track record of excellence with the most capable students attending, without regard for their financial situation. The caliber of Red Bank Catholic students has always been high. It’s important to me that that remains so, and that tuition isn’t a barrier to that excellence.”
Bob is amazed by how much has changed at RBC since his time and all of the wonderful opportunities the school provides its students. He sees his scholarship as an extenuation of the advances and improvements the school has made to its buildings, programs, technology and equipment. “As opposed to a donation for a new building, I see this scholarship as a living, breathing gift for Red Bank Catholic. The promising young students who can attend RBC because of the scholarship improve the quality of the community and in turn help keep the school the valuable place it is. If you don’t have driven, smart kids to take advantage of the incredible assets of the school, the superb teachers, and innovative programs, then what’s the point? I hope to help maintain the level of excellence in the student body that I am so proud of.”
There are multiple Horn Scholarship recipients chosen each year from incoming freshmen who have applied. Bob reads through every application and selects the students he thinks will both benefit from the financial assistance and will contribute to the greater RBC community. Bob says with a laugh, “I want to make sure every desk in that school is filled with students capable of absorbing the same excellent education I had over 65 years ago, except perhaps with fewer nuns!”
After the Scholarship recipients are chosen and admitted to RBC, Bob always calls to congratulate them and send his good wishes for a successful four years. It is often the start of a personal relationship with the student and their family, one that Bob is honored to have. “I’ve had a chance to meet a few Horn Scholars and it’s been very special for me, very emotional and fulfilling,” he says.
The Horn Scholarship has had a profound effect on Red Bank Catholic and continues the tradition of both giving and giving back. “When Bob and his wife first talked with us about the scholarship, it was with deep and heartfelt gratitude for what his Alma Mater meant to him,” says Robert Abatemarco, Red Bank Catholic president. “Bob had some great years here, and was a prolific scorer on the basketball court!” Abatemarco continued, “The Horn Scholarship is his way of giving back but, more importantly, paying it forward to current Caseys. It’s especially meaningful that his relationship with students and their families last through their years here and beyond graduation. Horn Scholars are part of Bob’s extended RBC family.”
Sophomore Christian Sherman is currently a recipient of the Horn Scholarship and has thrived at RBC, due in no small part to being a Horn Scholar. In addition to being the Sophomore Class Vice President, Christian is a Casey Ambassador, an active member of Campus Ministry, a varsity soccer player and even founded the debate club. According to his father, Robert Sherman, Christian was thrilled to learn that he earned the scholarship and seemed even more motivated to contribute to the RBC community. “I’d like to think Mr. Horn’s generosity and belief in Christian has further inspired my son to want to give back. If so, that’s a wonderful gift.”
“I am so proud of this scholarship and even more proud of the students who have been able to use it and have graduated and done wonderful things, some continuing on to really prestigious universities,” Bob says with a smile. “I love keeping in touch with them all. They send me birthday and Christmas cards, often with recaps of what they’ve accomplished. If the Horn Scholarship has played a part in their success, well that just continues the warm fuzzy effect of the giving. After all, money should not be left to just sit. I’m happy I can use my financial success to make life better for others.”
You can continue the Casey Tradition of Giving by donating scholarships and need base financial aid.