Bishop Scholarship Fund Applications Open Feb. 1st

BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education is pleased to announce that applications to the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund open February 1, 2019!

The mission of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund is to help families afford a Catholic education at Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund received more than 2,500 applications for tuition assistance and awarded over $2,500,000 to 1,380 students in Kindergarten through Grade-8. Awards ranged from $500-$3,000 per student.

A composite of this past year’s average Bishop’s Scholarship Fund recipients includes:

  • 46% raised by single parents
  • 53% qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • average household adjusted gross income = $54,990

“We encourage all families who need financial assistance to apply. Consideration may be given to families with multiple elementary school-aged children,” remarked Foundations in Education Executive Director Holly Doherty-Lemoine.

Applicants apply online via the FACTS Grant and Aid application and complete all questions relative to Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019 for families with a child currently enrolled in K-8 at any of our Diocesan schools and April 15, 2019 for families new to our schools.

Elementary school principals, admissions directors, bookkeepers and tuition assistance committee members recently joined the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund Committee for an information session to discuss the upcoming 2019-2020 application process and so as to assure a smooth process for our school families.

Denise Vuoso, Director of Admissions at All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk, found the meeting informative. “I came away from the meeting with the knowledge necessary to help current and prospective families understand the process.”

Foundations in Education is a non-profit initiative created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic education in Fairfield County. Foundations in Education raises money to provide tuition assistance to families in need, innovation and leadership grants for the professional development of teachers and other education-based initiatives.

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