Work of Heart

Work of Heart

The Work of Heart Award Program is an example of a special program created in partnership with The Catholic Foundation by a donor who wanted to achieve a particular charitable purpose. Anonymously established by a family dedicated to Catholic education, the Work of Heart Award Program used the resources, expertise and creativity of The Catholic Foundation to create a designated fund to recognize the teachers, administrators and staff of Catholic lower, middle, and high schools in the Diocese of Dallas.

Work of Heart Winners

November 2016

Eileen Bongiovanni
1st grade teacher – St. Mark Catholic School, Plano

Beth Burau
German teacher – Bishop Lynch High School

Vicki Crider
2nd grade teacher – St. Mark Catholic School, Plano

Cheryl D'Ostroph
Pre-K – St. Bernard of Clairvaux School

Humberto Garcia
Maintenance – Prince of Peace Catholic School in Plano

Allison Hibbitt
English teacher – Ursuline Academy

Brian Kendro
7th grade teacher – Holy Family Catholic Academy

Sherry McCord
3rd grade teacher – Mary Immaculate Catholic School

Fr. Mark Ripperger
Science teacher/Tech Support – Cistercian Preparatory School

Amy Wheeler
History Dept. Head – Bishop Lynch High School

Please submit 2017 nominations starting January 2017.

The Catholic Foundation has renewed the Work of Heart program for the current school year. The award, now funded by a grant from The Catholic Foundation, was originally created in 2005 by a generous anonymous Dallas family. The Work of Heart program has made awards to many deserving local Catholic educators, administrators and employees.

Each month up to ten $500 awards are given out. Work of Heart is looking for “the unsung heroes” who are going the “extra mile” in serving our educational community and its members. The Catholic Foundation encourages participation from all parts of our Catholic community.

The details of the award are:

1) All nominations should be submitted with the nomination form, either online or you may print the form PDF below. Printed nomination forms should be addressed to “Work of Heart” and sent to The Catholic Foundation, 12222 Merit Drive, Suite 850, Dallas, TX 75251; or you can fax to 972-661-0140 or email

2) Nominations can be submitted on an on-going basis; all nominations will be retained for consideration throughout the current school year.

3) All required fields of the nomination form must be filled out.

4) Nominations can be submitted by teachers, administrators, staff, chancery employees, students, parents, families, and anyone interested in Catholic education and the well-being of our schools. Candidates may not be nominated by relatives.

5) The criteria for the award include:

  • Outstanding service at your school
  • Modeling a Christian/Catholic example
  • Going the extra mile for an individual student, family or the community

An individual will not receive more than one Work of Heart Award in a three-year period. Past honorees are eligible again after three years.

Please submit 2017 nominations starting January 2017.

To submit your nomination in 2017 online, click here. For a printed version, download form here.

The Catholic Foundation | 12222 Merit Drive, Suite 850, Dallas, TX 75251| 972.661.9792 phone | 972.661.0140 fax |