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.

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, 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?

  • 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?

  • 2018 W-2 Forms (W-2s are mailed out in January by your employer. If not received by January 31, contact your employer.)
  • entire 2017  IRS Federal Tax Return (If you do not receive W-2s, you must submit 2018 Tax Return.)
  • Include any 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.

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.

Innovation and Leaderships Grants

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.

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 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:

  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.