Competitive Scholarship Funds


The value of Catholic education is undeniable. Our Catholic schools provide academic excellence, instill discipline and moral values, and provide a strong foundation for the development of mind and soul. But for many families, Catholic education is difficult to afford.

When you establish a scholarship fund with the Catholic Foundation, you give deserving students the opportunity to pursue their dreams while achieving your own charitable goals. Donors can create their own unique fund or support existing scholarship funds to benefit their communities today and for future generations.

  Key Benefits

  • You may choose the name of the scholarship, designate scholarship amounts, and set special criteria.
  • You may choose to provide the scholarship for students in elementary, junior high, high school or even college.
  • You may nominate (2) individuals to be part of the evaluation and selection committee.
  • The Catholic Foundation manages the fund and distributes awards directly to the school on behalf of the recipients.
  • The Catholic Foundation ensures compliance with scholarship rules and regulations as determined by the IRS.
  • All funds are invested in accordance with the USCCB guidelines for socially responsible investments.
  • Once established, anyone can contribute to a scholarship fund, including family members and other loved ones.


Create your own Scholarship Fund

Whether you want to establish a legacy or honor a loved one, give back to your community or your alma mater, we will work with you to create a scholarship that is uniquely your own. Criteria can be crafted in many ways, including, but not limited to: academic ability, financial need, geographic area, a specific institution, a particular field of study, or underserved communities. You can create your own scholarship fund for as little as $25,000.

The Catholic Foundation provides complete administration of your scholarship fund from publicizing the scholarship; to creating, receiving and processing the applications; to convening the scholarship committee, and everything in between. You may be involved as much or as little as you prefer throughout the scholarship process.

Learn How      Set up a fund today

Existing Scholarship Funds

St. Anne Scholars Fund

The Holy Spirit prompted the faithful of the Archdiocese of Detroit as expressed in Synod 16 and in Archbishop Vigneron’s Apostolic Letter Unleash The Gospel–that Catholic schools be available to all families who desire a Catholic education for their children. As a result, the Archdiocese established The St. Anne Fund with the Catholic Foundation.

The Archdiocese seeks to grow their seed gift through relationships with dedicated donors and friends whose hearts are on fire with the mission of Catholic schools for families needing financial assistance. In lieu of creating a new fund, some donors may choose to create a subfund under the St. Anne Scholar’s fund.

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St. Martin de Porres Scholarship Fund

Inspired by the life of St. Martin de Porres and made possible by the generosity of a local Catholic family, the St. Martin de Porres scholarship fund was created to provide scholarship grants to students involved or interested in Latin American communities and attending an Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic elementary or middle school.

“Participating in the scholarship program was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done,” said Helen Vlasic, whose family set up the St. Martin de Porres Scholarship fund. “I was so moved by families who are committed to a Catholic education for their children, the sacrifices they made and the personal commitments made to support their parish.”

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At a Glance: Scholarship Impact

Hundreds of lives have been touched through the generosity of our community. These scholarships forever impact the students and their families, and that impact extends to the school communities, contributing donors, and the entire community in Southeast Michigan.

Student Lives

“I would like to stay at my school so I can continue to learn about my faith. This is very important to me, because I feel I may be called to the vocation of religious life.” 

-Andrew, 7th Grade
2020 Scholarship Recipient


Not only have these scholarships helped financially, but it has brought closer attention to all of the deserving, hard working students and parents in our community!” 

-Lawrence Riccard
Principal, Immaculate Conception School

Total Amount
Awarded Since 2020

“It was difficult to discern who was more deserving. They were all deserving! Each demonstrated hope for a stronger faith, church community, and simply,  joy & love for God.”

-Nina V.
St. Martin de Porres Donor

The Scholarship Yearbook celebrates the lives touched through the Foundation’s scholarship funds–the students whose lives were transformed through access to Catholic education and the donors who were empowered to give generously to sustain Catholic education in Southeast Michigan.


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