BISHOP’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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 $2,500,000 in aid to families at the Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.

All families who have a child or children registered, or are considering registering, 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, www.FACTSmgt.com.

Applications are evaluated and determinations made by the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund Committee. 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 to apply is March 15 for returning families and April 15 for new families. 

Click here for our new 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. 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 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 $5,000 per year, half at $2,500 per year, or a quarter at $1,250 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 MARY ALICE AND THOMAS O’MALLEY SCHOLARSHIP

for Trinity Catholic High School Students

Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley, longtime Greenwich residents, have committed $500,000 to Foundations in Education over the next five years to establish The Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Scholarship for children of current police officers, firefighters and nurses, attending Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford. The O’Malley gift is the first of its kind for Foundations in Education.

Students and prospective students who have at least one parent who has worked for a minimum of one year as a Greenwich or Stamford firefighter or police officer, or as a nurse at either Greenwich or Stamford Hospital, are eligible to apply. The grant, which covers 80% of tuition beginning with the 2018/19 academic year, is contingent upon students maintaining a strong academic performance. Tuition assistance is based on available funding each year.

Click here for The Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Scholarship flyer. Click here to apply.

The 2017/18 Academic Year by the Numbers

3,224

Applications

$2,582,000

Amount Awarded

1,302

Students Grants

28

Schools Represented

Scholarship Recipients

Leaders of Tomorrow

Leaders of Tomorrow is a select program of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. Leaders of Tomorrow represent students from 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 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 $5,000 per year, half at $2,500 per year, or a quarter at $1,250 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.

Foundations in Education hosts an annual Leaders of Tomorrow to witness and celebrate the learning and transformation of our students. It also serves as an opportunity to extend our appreciation to donors of Leaders of Tomorrow. Please sponsor our Leaders of Tomorrow with a generous donation.

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Scholarship FAQ

Who can apply for a scholarship?

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 eligible. An annual application is required and for the 2018-2019 school year you must complete online (1) FACTS Grant & Aid application and (2) answer all questions necessary for the Bishop Scholarship Application.

What is the deadline?

Deadline for RETURNING students is March 15 and NEW students April 15. Only completed FACTS Grant & Aid applications submitted online with all required supporting documents will be considered. Applications completed or received after these dates will not be considered.

How to apply?

Complete the FACTS Grant & Aid application at www.FACTSmgt.com.aid and submit the required supporting documentation. We highly recommend scanning and uploading documents rather than mail or fax, which can significantly delay the process. Please note there is a non-refundable $30.00 application processing fee payable by credit card. Only one application per family is required.

To apply for the scholarship, complete the FACTS online section relating to the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund application.

How are scholarships awarded?

  • Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students based on:
    • Program Eligibility
    • Financial Need
    • Timing of when application is received and completed
    • Confirmed registration fee paid to the school
  • E-mail acknowledgments will be sent through FACTS to returning families beginning early May. New families will receive email notification through FACTS beginning late May.
  • You must accept the award online by the deadline. Credit to your tuition account will be made once your registration and enrollment process is complete.

Please note that although every effort is made to grant a scholarship to all those eligible for our programs, there is limited funding available each year. If you are denied an award, please reach out to your school’s administration about additional options that may be available to you.

What documents will I need?

Most Recent Tax Return

  • First and Second page of the Federal 1040 tax forms from the applicant and co-applicant, if applicable. The second page of the 1040(s) must be signed.
  • Include any relevant schedules filed with your 1040.
  • If you cannot locate your tax return, contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-9946 and request a transcript.
  • If you do not file taxes contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-9946 and request verification on non-filing.

Most Recent W-2 Forms

  • Mailed out in January by your employer
  • If not received by January 31, contact your employer

I am having trouble uploading my forms.

It is best to find a way to scan your documents. Faxing or mailing the forms to FACTS will significantly slow down the processing of your application and cause you to miss the deadline for completion. Please contact your school for assistance.

FACTS is asking for a Schedule from my tax return, but I do not think I filed this form.

FACTS is asking for a Schedule (often C, K, etc) because one of the fields you completed on your tax return indicates that you filed that particular schedule. It must be submitted for your application to be considered complete.

For any questions or clarification of the FACT application process,

contact FACTS directly at (866) 441-4637.

What is a Leader of Tomorrow Scholar?

Leaders of Tomorrow is a select program of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund recognizing students eligible for Bishop’s Scholarship, who are selected by their principal as a student of good character, academic ability and leadership potential.  Leaders of Tomorrow are awarded on an annual basis and provide the student either a full ($5,000) half ($2,500) or quarter ($1,250) scholarship for the academic year.

How are awards distributed?

In the event you receive a Bishop’s Scholarship Fund Award, the award will be paid directly to the school on behalf of your student in installments directed by Foundations in Education in collaboration with the Diocese of Bridgeport.