Many friends and supporters of St. Labre Indian School recall with great admiration the miracles that Father Emmett Hoffmann accomplished during his years serving this mission.
A newly ordained Capuchin Franciscan priest, Father Emmett arrived at St. Labre in 1954. He devoted more than 30 years of his life to serving the Native American children and families who depend on St. Labre.
Father Emmett is now deceased, yet his love for St. Labre and the Native American people continues. To honor his dedication and service, St. Labre Indian School established the Father Emmett Hoffmann Scholarship. Since 1977, these scholarship awards have assisted Native American students pursuing post-secondary education or training.
Students who wish to apply for the Father Emmett Hoffmann Scholarship must be graduates of St. Labre. They must also be enrolled members of a recognized Native American tribe or at least be able to substantiate their Native American descent.
These awards provide much more than simply a source of money for education. The application process requires students to work closely with teachers, counselors, and administrators, along with their parents or guardians. The intent is to prepare students for the demands that will be placed on them in college and beyond.