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.
What is the deadline?
Deadline for RETURNING families (families with a child currently enrolled in K-8 at any Diocesan-sponsored Catholic elementary school) is March 15 and NEW families 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 www.FACTSmgt.com/aid, answer all questions applicable to the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund 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 or bank information. Only one application per family is required annually.
How are scholarships awarded?
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?
I am having trouble uploading my forms.
It is best to scan your documents. Families can now upload JPEG images for required documents, including from a mobile device. If using a mobile device, the applicant can either take a picture of the document, or upload from their camera roll. Faxing or mailing the forms to FACTS will significantly slow down the processing of your application and may cause you to miss the deadline for completion. Please contact your school for assistance.
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.
What are Innovation and Leadership Grants?
Donors to Foundations in Education provide the resources for annual competitive grant programs that fund INNOVATION in classroom teaching and provide support for LEADERSHIP formation within Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools. Innovation Grants support educators’ creative projects or initiatives that may benefit multiple grade levels and have a long-term impact on student learning. Leadership Grants promote professional development and leadership formation.
Who is eligible to apply?
Teachers and administrators in Diocesan-sponsored Catholic Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Fairfield County are eligible to apply. Previous grantees must wait one year before being eligible to submit another grant proposal.
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 Grants 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: