Fr. William Sullivan, OSA, was born Feb. 10, 1926, graduated from St. Augustine High School, San Diego, in 1943. After high school he went to the Augustinian novitiate in New Hamburg, N.Y., and made his first profession of vows in 1944, he graduated from Villanova College in 1949, and was ordained a priest in 1952. Fr. Sullivan was part of the Villanova faculty and Augustinian community on two occasions:  from 1957 to 1959, and the 1961-1962 school year.

    As a faculty member at Villanova Preparatory School beginning in 1957, Fr. Sullivan served as the Director of Studies, while also teaching English, Latin and Mathematics.  His remembrance in the yearbook reads “tall and cordial, captious, intelligent and an intellect”  Fr. also enjoyed classical music and was a lover of all things British.  An English major, Fr. Sullivan moved easily among the Catholic writers of the 19th and 20th century, he was well read and witty.  He was known as a hard worker, clear thinker, good writer, great on detail, and follow through. 

    The Fr. Sullivan Endowed Scholarship was inspired by Michael Wilson ‘59. Michael reached-out to Villanova asking how he could honor and create a lasting memory of Fr. Sullivan because of his intellect, kindness and insight that he shared with Michael and many other of his fellow students while teaching at Villanova.  Michael remembered Fr. as a teacher and mentor, “he passed his love of literature and poetry along to me, and both have certainly enriched my life as a writer and filmmaker.”  Many donors contributed, and along with Michael’s matching gift, the Fr. Sullivan Endowed Scholarship was born.  The Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the fall 2021.

    Thank you to our generous and thoughtful alumni who contributed to this valuable scholarship.  We will continue to accept donations that will allow the scholarship to grow, and will benefit additional students.

    Please consider making a gift to the Fr. Sullivan Endowed Scholarship today! We are very grateful for your support.