A Pius X education is special in many ways – academic excellence, opportunity to discover ones talents and abilities, development of the Catholic faith, our relationship with the Holy Trinity, and many other ways.
One alumnus, Rex Mudd ’61, believed his Pius X education was truly a ‘golden spoon’ in life. “Our 50th reunion struck me as being very similar to life – much too short,” Mudd wrote in a letter to his classmates. “I am struck by the accomplishments of our class – story after story of the lives we have led show a pattern of accomplishments by everyone.”
“I was not born with a golden spoon but believe that we were all blessed with the gold spoon given to us with a Pius education and the Pius experience in our critical formative years,” he continued. “While I believe we were a superior class, I recognize we were not unique when reading the accomplishments of subsequent classes. I marvel how Pius X turns out quality young men and women ready to enter the real world. Few start life with the advantage of the education we received.” This past year, he ensured that this same ‘golden spoon’, a Pius X education, would be available and affordable for generations of Pius X students for years to come by establishing the Golden Spoon Scholarship.
For decades, Pius X students and families have been blessed by those who believe in the mission of Pius X and positive attributes of a Catholic education. The endowed scholarships established through the Pius X Foundation allow many families, who may otherwise not be able to afford a Catholic education, to attend Pius X and develop and grow in God’s love. Mudd established the Golden Spoon Scholarship to help students realize that even though they may not have been born into wealth or financial security, each of them is born with unique talents, demonstrated by their academic accomplishments.
Mudd asked that with the awarding of the scholarship each year, the recipient will receive a certificate that includes some very powerful truths: “The golden spoon given to you by God is a fine mind and a keen intellect. This scholarship is for you to develop your mind, grow your faith, develop your skills and most of all enjoy your Pius experience as you transition to adulthood. We salute your achievement and hope that with continued success into the distant future you may be inspired to help a similar outstanding student that would benefit from a Pius X education.”