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 $3 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.

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

The deadline for New Families to apply is April 15 but has been extended until remaining funds are awarded. Click here to read more.

Click here for the 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 character, strong academics, 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.


Foundations in Education recently announced that The Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Scholarship will be redirected and made available solely to students of Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, beginning the 2024/25 academic year.

The O’Malley Scholarship, established by Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley, is intended to cover up to 80% of the tuition for Kolbe Cathedral students for whom one parent is actively employed, full time (for at least one year) as a hospital-based nurse, a firefighter or a police officer within Bridgeport or Fairfield County.

The grant is renewable provided parents remain active in their role, students remain in good standing academically, financially and within Kolbe Cathedral’s code of conduct, and while available funding permits.  Click here for more information.

The scholarship application process and management will be administered by Foundations in Education and awards will be determined in consultation with Kolbe Cathedral High School’s Principal, Admissions and Dean of Students.

The O’Malley Scholarship application deadline has been extended. The application window will remain open until remaining funds are awarded.

2024-2025 O’Malley Scholarship Application

The 2023-2024 Academic Year by the Numbers


K-8 Applications Submitted


Students Awarded


Awarded in Tuition Assistance


Schools Impacted