Catholic schools unlock the intellectual potential of young people they serve while forming them for a personal encounter with their faith. Notable benefits of a Catholic School:

  • Overall academic achievement is higher
  • Achievement gap smaller than in public schools
  • The more disadvantaged the child, the greater his/her relative achievement gains
  • 99% of children attending Catholic High Schools graduate. Of these 88% attend 4-year colleges
  • Tuition alone does not cover the cost per pupil


General Program Information

The mission of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund is to help families afford a Catholic Education. In this past year, the BSF awarded over $2.7 million in aid to families at the Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.

All families who have a child or children registered, or are new applicants, in a Diocesan-sponsored Catholic elementary school in Fairfield County (Grades K -8) and are in financial need of tuition assistance are encouraged to apply through FACTS online, Consideration may be given to families with multiple elementary school-aged children.

Applications are evaluated and determinations made by the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund Committee, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. Awardees’ families are notified through FACTS and scholarship distributions are made directly to the school on behalf of the successful scholarship applicant.

2023-2024 Applications open February 1. The deadline for Returning Families to apply is March 15. 

Click here for our Bishop’s Scholarship Fund brochure.

Click below for Frequently Asked Questions.

Leaders of Tomorrow Program

Leaders of Tomorrow is a select program of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund supported by individual donors to Foundations In Education. Leaders of Tomorrow represent students from elementary schools across the Diocese of Bridgeport. They are students with a demonstrated need, who have applied to the Bishop Scholarship Fund and who have been identified by their principal as students of good academics, character and leadership potential.

Donors to Foundations in Education who direct their giving to Leaders of Tomorrow help subsidize the cost of a Catholic elementary school tuition for one or more students by providing for each child’s tuition up to $6,000 per year, partial at $3,000 per year, or a quarter at $1,500 per year. As an investor in the education of a child, these special donors provide a life-enhancing gift and help transform the life of a student as well as their own through the gracious and selfless act of giving.

Click here for our Leaders of Tomorrow brochure.

The 2022-2023 Academic Year by the Numbers


K-8 Applications Submitted


Students Awarded


Awarded in Tuition Assistance


Schools Impacted