The Holy Cross School in South Portland will honor the late Wendi Leavitt of Westbrook with a memorial scholarship.


Leavitt, a longtime supporter and volunteer at the Catholic K-8 school, died in October at age 48.

“She was a great person,” said her daughter, Mari-Beth Leavitt, a 2017 graduate of Holy Cross and a 2021 graduate of Cheverus High School in Portland now attending the University of Delaware. “She volunteered all the time. She would do their Christmas Fair and Lobster Lunch.”

The Wendi Leavitt Memorial Scholarship will award funds to Holy Cross graduates who choose to continue their education at Cheverus, a Catholic college-prep school.  

“Her love of her family and the Catholic education was on display every day,” Holy Cross Principal Cindy Elwood said in a press release. “We are forever grateful for the Leavitt family.”

The school’s annual Lobster Luncheon has also been renamed in Leavitt’s honor due to her longtime role as its manager.


“She was always there, and she did a lot,” her daughter said. “She truly loved the school and loved the community.”

Holy Cross will also donate the funds generated from the school’s annual penny competition to the scholarship this year.

Leavitt was born in Caribou and graduating from Fort Fairfield High School in 1991. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maine. She became a speech pathologist and helped people, from children with special needs to elderly people recovering from strokes, according to her obituary.

Holy Cross School is also holding a number of events and initiatives throughout Catholic Schools Week which runs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5. In addition to the penny competition, there is a drive for gently used hats, gloves and mittens for children in need; a weeklong “gym games” competition; trivia contests; and dress down days, among others.

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