Bishop’s Scholarship Fund Committee Hosts Information Session

October 27, 2017 | Foundations in Education | Media Mentions

Bridgeport, CT

Principals, bookkeepers and tuition assistance committee members from Diocesan Catholic Elementary Schools recently joined the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund (BSF) Committee for an information session to discuss the upcoming 2018-2019 application process.

While applications for financial assistance do not open until February 1, 2018, the BSF Committee is currently establishing processes based on national best practices of like foundations and gearing up for another year of helping families who value Catholic education.

Jim Travers, a tuition assistance committee member from St. James School in Stratford, found the meeting informational. “It really helped me focus in and get a better overall picture of the process and great care given to making it as fair as possible. The care is evident!”

In the 2017-2018 academic year, the fund received more than 3,200 applications for tuition assistance and awarded over $2,500,000 to 1,300 students in K-8. Awards ranged from $500-3,000 per student.

A composite of the average Bishop’s Scholarship recipient includes:

  • Average household size = 3.6
  • Average number of children in household = 2.2
  • Average household adjusted gross income = $43,478

The Bishop’s Scholarship Fund, a vision of Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, is provided by Foundations in Education, 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 promote student scholarships, innovation and leadership grants for the professional development of teachers and other education-based initiatives.