Bishop’s Scholarship Fund Applications Open February 1st
January 17, 2021 | Foundations in Education | General News
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 2020-2021 academic year, the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund (BSF) received 2,248 applications for tuition assistance and awarded 1,271 students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 nearly $2,700,000. Awards ranged from $300-$3,250 per student.
A composite of this past year’s average BSF recipients includes:
• 49% raised by single parents
• 54% qualify for free or reduced lunch
• household’s average gross income = $56,798
In response to hardships caused by COVID-19, Foundations in Education extended the application deadline this past year for new families so as to encourage their consideration of a Catholic education for their children entering grades K-8.
All Diocesan and Diocesan-sponsored Catholic elementary schools in Fairfield County opened their campuses for in-person learning this fall and continue to offer robust educational programs for students in Pre-K through Grade Eight, including those who choose to be enrolled in remote learning.
The nineteen elementary schools welcomed nearly 1,200 new students this year and continue to attract families looking for an exceptional in-person education.
“There’s no better time to experience the difference a Catholic School can make for your child,” remarked Foundations in Education Executive Director Holly Doherty-Lemoine. “We encourage all families who need financial assistance to apply to the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. Consideration may be given to families with multiple elementary school-aged children,”
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, 2021 for families with a child currently enrolled in K-8 at any of the Diocesan schools and April 15, 2021 for families new to our schools.
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. To learn how you can support Catholic education or for more information, visit www.foundationsineducation.org.