Christian Brothers Services Announces Brother William L. Walz Endowed Scholarship

2019 William Walz winnerRomeoville, Illinois, May 23, 2018 – Christian Brothers Services recently awarded Lewis University student Jan O’Hara with the Brother William L. Walz, FSC Endowed Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic school year.

In 2010, Christian Brothers Services established the scholarship in memory of Brother Walz (1941-2010), honoring him for his years of service and dedication to the Christian Brothers and CBS. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Lewis University senior in Computer Science or the College of Business who has a GPA of 2.75+, and has demonstrated leadership activities during their college career.

A junior and a Computer Science major, O’Hara hails from Elmhurst, Illinois, and graduated from York High School.

“This is a testament to the work I’ve done and shows that someone believes in me—that I am on the right path and motivates me to finish strong,” said O’Hara. “It is humbling to say the least to even be considered. I can’t say enough how ecstatic I am.”

In awarding the scholarship, Brother Michael Quirk, FSC, Ed.D, president and CEO of Christian Brothers Services recalls the long-standing ties with Lewis University where Christian Brothers Services was first formed some 59 years ago, as well as the strong relationship Brother Walz maintained with the school. Brother Walz received his MBA from Lewis University and served as its bursar for four years before being named president/CEO of Christian Brothers Services.

“When we created this scholarship it was very important to us that it made a meaningful impact and rather than split the scholarship into multiple recipients, we wanted to ensure a significant amount for a sole winner,” said Br. Quirk.

Thanks to successful endowment, the scholarship has nearly doubled over the years. In addition, the award is given during the third year of a student’s career, seen as an extra incentive to assist a student finish their schooling without financial constraint and recognition of their ongoing dedication.

O’Hara joins past Brother William L. Walz scholarship recipients Olivia Major, Krystal Le, Marek Blizinski, Jason Giron, Ian Ziarko, Ryan O’Keefe, Ross Goers and Yesenia Gonzalez.

Christian Brothers Services will award the next scholarship in the spring of 2020. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation payable to Lewis University, please include “Brother William Walz Endowed Scholarship” on the check’s memo line and mail donations to:

Lewis University
Senior Development Officer
One University Parkway,
Romeoville, Il 60446


About Christian Brothers Services
Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Romeoville, Illinois, Christian Brothers Services is a nonprofit, Catholic organization that administers cooperative programs in the areas of health, retirement, property/casualty, and technology as well as financial, administrative and Catholic school consulting to church congregations, organizations and dioceses internationally.

About Catholic School Management
Founded in 1973, NCEA Financial Consulting Services focused exclusively on finance and development consulting services for Catholic school and diocesan administrators. In 1979 demand for a broader scope of services resulted in the creation of Catholic School Management (CSM). In 2014, Christian Brothers Services acquired CSM's growing operations, making CBS the national leader in consultative guidance for Catholic schools. CSM's team of experts represents more than 500 years of experience in the education field with a focus on strategy, planning and leadership.

About BMT
Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, Brenner, McDonagh & Tortolani, Inc., BMT Management and Financial Consultants was acquired by Christian Brothers Services in 2017. Providing premier consulting services to 280 religious institutes and many sponsored ministries in need of assistance, BMT offers the management of daily operations, including accounting and financial management, benefits eligibility management, human resources, investment consulting and real estate planning and sustainability studies.