Scholarships: A Gift of Love and Faith
The Catholic Foundation is grateful for generous supporters who understand how important it is to provide the opportunity for all students to receive an excellent education grounded in Catholic belief and practice.
In 2020, aware of the financial difficulties some families were facing, a small group of donors and the Archdiocese of Detroit opened the St. Anne Scholars and St. Martin de Porres scholarship funds. These funds have grown and are providing increased opportunities for students this fall. In the 2022 school year, the Catholic Foundation granted over $332K in scholarship awards to 131 students across the Archdiocese of Detroit. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 300 students from 43 schools across the Archdiocese of Detroit, totaling roughly $750,000.00.
“The Archdiocese of Detroit and I are pleased to provide gifts to support the St. Anne’s Scholars Fund, and we’re honored by those who join us in making possible a Catholic education for children,” Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said in a statement.
The scholarships are awarded after a review from a scholarship committee, which receives applications from families. School principals and pastors are encouraged to nominate three families from their communities to apply. Families interested in applying can reach out to their pastors and principals or the Catholic Foundation in the spring to learn more about the process.
The coordinated work of the Foundation, the scholarship committee, and supporters in the community make these scholarship funds unique in three ways:
Personal – The application process allows us to connect with both the school and the family in a profound way to learn of the specific needs in the Catholic school community and respond directly to fill the needs. Together, we are able to reach many families that often fall through the cracks -those forgotten and overlooked in the system.
Significant – The average size of one Foundation scholarship is: $2500/per student annually.
Impact Focused – We help steward donors passionate about Catholic education and connect them personally to students and schools in need.
This past year, an anonymous donor was moved by the increasing number of applicants who were children of Catholic school teachers and gave directly to fill that special need. This helped provide scholarships to the children of ten dedicated Catholic school educators. “Being a Catholic schoolteacher and single parent, it is thanks to donors like you who make it possible for my children to attend a Catholic school so their relationships with the Lord can be strengthened daily in a family-like atmosphere,” shared a parent of a scholarship recipient.
“It would be impossible for my children to attend Catholic School without this support. We have many medical bills, along with other financial debt. Our Catholic school and parish is our lifeline and hope during this difficult time,” shared another parent.
Anyone can make a gift to these existing scholarship funds in any amount and make a difference. Give online below or contact the Foundation staff at 248-548-3020.
Supporters can also create a scholarship fund that is both unique and personal, based on specific goals. Examples could be tuition assistance for students at a particular school, students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) or the arts. Scholarship funds can be opened with a gift of $25,000 or more.
Your direct support is a helping hand, and more importantly, provides a renewal of hope, faith, and the infinite love and protection of God.
Benefitting Schools Since 2020:
|All Saints||MCES (St. Mary), Monroe||St. Anne Catholic School||St. Joan of Arc Catholic School||St. Pius X Catholic School|
|Cabrini Elementary||Most Holy Trinity||St. Anselm Catholic School||St. Joseph, Erie||St. Valentine Catholic School|
|Christ the King||Our Lady of Good Counsel||St. Augustine Catholic School||St. Joseph, Lake Orion||St. William Catholic School|
|Divine Child Elementary School||Our Lady of Refuge||St. Charles Borromeo||St. Joseph, Trenton|
|Gesu Catholic School||Our Lady of Sorrows||St. Clare of Montefalco||St. Lawrence|
|Guardian Angels||Our Lady of the Lakes||St. Edith Catholic School||St. Linus Catholic School|
|Holy Name||Our Lady Queen of Martyrs||St. Edward on the Lake||St. Mary, Royal Oak|
|Holy Redeemer||Our Lady Star of the Sea||St. Germaine Catholic School||St. Mary, Mt. Clemens|
|Immaculate Conception||Sacred Heart Catholic School||St. Hugo of the Hills||St. Patrick, Carleton|
|John Paul II||Shrine Catholic Elementary School||St. Isaac Jogues||St. Regis Catholic School|