Impact of Donors

Posted on May 27, 2020 in Impact of Donors

CEF Scholar Paulina Cortes (center) with her parents and five siblings stand in the lobby of her alma mater, Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka. All six Cortes children are recipients of CEF scholarships.


The oldest of six children, Paulina and her parents didn't think Catholic education was financially possible. Their parish priest introduced them to CEF and, with the help of our scholarship programs, the Cortes family enrolled all six children in Topeka Catholic schools. This May, Paulina became the first Hayden Catholic High School graduate to attend every year of her Catholic schooling on a Catholic Education Foundation scholarship.

Posted on April 28, 2020 in Impact of Donors

More than 600 Catholic leaders joined a conference call with President Trump recently, making the case that Catholic schools and nonprofits need financial assistance and praising Mr. Trump for his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Vince Cascone attended the call. 

Posted on April 15, 2020 in Impact of Donors

Students stand in front of St. Benedict School in Atchison in 2019.


During this unprecedented time, health and finances are dominating our attention. That’s to be understood. What’s being overlooked, to some degree, is the education of our children.

Many public schools have chosen to shut down part or most of their teaching for the school year. It is very different for our archdiocesan Catholic schools, where the learning hasn’t missed a beat.

Posted on January 23, 2020 in Futures Leadership Council, Impact of Donors

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.

Posted on January 17, 2020 in Impact of Donors

I can remember the first time I prayed in a classroom. I was 28 years old and had just started a Masters program for School Counseling. The act of praying in a classroom was very foreign and felt awkward in many ways. Religion and education did not go hand-in-hand- at least they hadn’t for the first 28 years of my life. Flash forward to present day; I now can’t imagine a day without prayer as I work in a Catholic school, and my husband and I send our daughters to a Catholic school.  

Put Catholic education within reach of every student.


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