Catholic school educators in the Diocese of Fort Worth empower students and their families by proclaiming the faith, celebrating values and ministering to the spiritual, academic, social, cultural and physical needs of diverse communities. The Bishop’s Scholars Fund provides tuition assistance to families in need ensuring that children seeking an education in the Catholic tradition will be assured the opportunity.
The formation of our youth is the primary course for our Diocesan Catholic Schools. Public schools educate students in mind and body, but Catholic Schools develop the young student’s mind, body and soul.
Catholic education in North Texas has, for a very long time, focused on preparing young people with quality academics, challenging physical activities and formation in faith. It’s been proven over and over again that students graduating from Catholic schools are better prepared for their next level of education and better prepared for life. They succeed more readily than their public school counterparts.
Our schools form the future of our Church. Sustaining the long tradition of excellence in our 20 elementary and high schools remains a high priority in the Diocese of Fort Worth. With this function as our priority, it’s interesting that there are 45,196 Catholic students in public schools receiving Catholic formation on Sundays. We know some of them would prefer to glean their religious education in a Catholic school setting but cannot afford tuition. Tuition is an obstacle for some families and the 2014 results of the Private School Aid Service (PSAS) independent assessment of about half of those families indicated the tuition need in our Diocese is nearly six million dollars.
The Bishop’s Scholars Fund was established in 2006 to increase available tuition assistance for families who demonstrate financial need. The goal is to offer affordable Catholic school education to as many families as wish to send their children to a Catholic school. We need you!
Join the Bishop’s Scholars and you can help young people succeed.
Thanks to Bishop’s Scholars Fund Donors, hundreds of families have benefited from tuition assistance. However, with nearly $6 million in unfunded need, expanded numbers of donors and gifts are necessary.
For more information on how you can help, please contact the Advancement Foundation.
Paula K. Parrish, CFRE
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