Bishop Scholarship Fund

Who is eligible to apply to Bishop’s Scholarship Fund?

Any family enrolling children in Diocese of Bridgeport elementary schools in grades K-8 is eligible to apply each year.  Determinations are made by committee based on demonstrated need.

Anyone interested in applying is required to complete an online application through FACTS and submit with required supporting documentation.  Please note there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card. Applications open February 1st.

Only one application is required per family.

For returning families, the deadline for submitting a scholarship application is March 15.

For new families, the deadline for submitting a scholarship application is April 15th.

Only completed applications submitted with all required documents will be considered.

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.

How to apply?

Complete the FACTS Grant & Aid application at 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, be sure to 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 completed application submission
    • Confirmation of school registration
  • 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 is complete and verified.

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?

2016 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 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.

2017 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 program of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. Leaders are identified by their principals as students 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.

Innovation and Leaderships Grants

What are Innovation and Leadership Grants?

Through its Innovation and Leadership Grants program, Foundations in Education promotes excellence in school leadership, teaching and learning. Grants are open to all educators in the Diocese of Bridgeport for projects that that fund innovation in classroom teaching and provide support for continuing education and leadership formation.

The Innovation Grants Program promotes innovation in Catholic school education by supporting a teacher’s creative project or initiative for the classroom or school. Grants through this program are intended for innovative projects or initiatives that benefit multiple grade levels, and have a long-term impact.

The Leadership Grants Program promotes continuing education and leadership formation for current faculty in the form of grants for leadership development.

Who is eligible to apply?

All teachers and administrators working in Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic schools are eligible to apply. Principal approval of the grant request is required in order for an application to be considered complete.

In the event of a collaborative request by administrators or multiple schools, the Superintendant must also sign-off and approve the grant request.

Eligibility Criteria:

Teachers or Administrators who teach in diocesan sponsored, Catholic Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Fairfield County are eligible to apply for a grant.  Applicants must:

  1. Complete an application and submit it prior to the deadline for that grant cycle
  2. Provide the metrics and measures that will be used to evaluate a “successful” grant
  3. Garner the appropriate approval of their supervisor
  4. Provide applicable supporting documents (i.e. budget/cost estimates for innovation grants [inclusive of those requiring multi-year funding] and tuition or conference costs for leadership grants)
  5. Identify other available funding sources for the project.
  6. Agree to a release of personal image and information for advertising and marketing purposes.
  7. Agree to present on the outcomes of his/her grant in Diocese wide faculty development forum or other suitable venue.

What is the size of the Grant?

Grants may range in size up to $15,000 and may be made in one year or over several years if the project so requires.

Grant determinations will be evaluated and recommended by the Innovation and Leadership Grant committee and approved by the Foundations in Education Board of Trustees and will depend on the amount available annually for distribution.

Parameters for the size of the annual grant may include the following:

  1. Size of grants will be recommended by the Innovation and Leadership Grants Committee and approved by the Foundations in Education Board.
  2. May, at the discretion of the committee, be made to maximize impact in Innovation and Leadership.
  3. May, at the discretion of the committee, be coupled, at the discretion of the committee,to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport in meeting diocesan priorities.
  4. May, at the discretion of the committee, be considered for multi-year program development.
  5. May, at the discretion of the committee, be focused in a given year to specific priorities set forth by the Diocese and/or by the Innovation and Leadership Grants Committee (i.e. – focus on curriculum improvement, Mathematics, STEM, Arts, Robotics, Coding etc)
  6. Priority will be given to unique and innovative approaches to teaching that will maximize the impact on learning for our students.