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.