I got involved with the Catholic Education Foundation for one primary reason: to provide a better future for the next generation. The Catholic Education Foundation not only provides an opportunity for students to get a high-quality education (98.7% of students at the CEF-supported high school graduate, compared to 77% of their peers at the neighborhood school) but it gives them a foundation for their spiritual life at the same time.
A scholarship from the Catholic Education Foundation's Guardian Angel Fund is allowing a student to stay in his CEF school after his foster care placement changed, requiring him to move to a new home midway through the school year. Recognizing the challenges of changing homes and schools abruptly, the foster care family opted to keep him in his CEF school, but required scholarship assistance to do so.
At the Catholic Education Foundation, we’re very fortunate to receive support from more than 1,000 donors and volunteers, including a dedicated team of young professionals who serve on our Futures Committee.
These young adults — many of whom are alumni of local Catholic schools — help us spread the mission of CEF while also raising funds for Guardian Angel scholarships.
Looking back on my life so far, it is difficult to imagine just how different it would be without Catholic education. From my years as a student at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Lenexa and Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, to the time spent as a professional at Rockhurst University, Catholic education has provided me the academic, professional, spiritual, and social foundation for my adult life.
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