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 www.FACTSmgt.com. 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?
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
2017 W-2 Forms
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.
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.
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:
What is the size of the Grant?
Grants may range in size from $500 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: