Westchester DA to have scholarship in her name

Janet DiFiore, the Westchester District Attorney, is one of three top lawyers who will have scholarships created in their names by the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, which operates two all-girls high schools.

DiFiore will be honored tonight at the Sisters of Mercy’s headquarters in Hartsdale with the late William F. Harrington, an attorney for Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, and Jane Sullivan Roberts, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and a 1972 graduate of St. Catherine Academy in the Bronx. St. Catherine’s and Our Lady of Victory in Dobbs Ferry are run by the Sisters of Mercy.

Sister Patricia Wolf explained that the Sisters of Mercy wanted to do something to offering financial aid to struggling families who, as a result of the economic downturn, cannot afford to send their daughters to St. Catherine or Our Lady of Victory. She said the Sisters of Mercy had help from state Supreme Court Justice La Tia Martin of the Bronx to find candidates for the scholarship recognition.

DiFiore was selected for her years of public service and committment to women’s issues, particularly domestic violence, Sister Wood said. Roberts, a managing partner in a D.C. law firm, is being honored as an alumna and for her long, respected career. Harrington, who died in January, made “tremendous contributions” to the Catholic community, she said.

The $5,000 scholarships will cover 80 percent of tuition at the all-girls schools. The Sister of Mercy have started raising money to start handing out the scholarships either this September or in September 2011.

Photo: Janet DiFiore