The Catholic Education Foundation provides access to education for at-risk students at the lowest poverty levels. By helping these children, and their families, we are transforming their lives with access to an exceptional K-12 Catholic education where academic rigor, faith and social support are prioritized.

The majority of students on CEF scholarships are among the most vulnerable in our northeast Kansas communities. Among the 1500+ students in our CEF scholarship programs, as many as 74% are ethnic minorities. These students achieve a 99% high school graduation rate, compared with 77% for students in neighboring schools. Regardless of their religious background, students can benefit from CEF scholarships, which provide access to a quality, supportive educational environment and are making a significant difference in lifting these students out of poverty and overcoming racial and income inequities.

A History of Success

CEF provides three scholarship programs to help qualified students attend Catholic schools. Together, these three scholarship programs have distributed more than $20 million since 2007.

CEF is currently providing nearly 1,500 scholarships to low-income students. 

Foundation Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Vincent Anch
Office: 913-647-0383
Mobile: N/A
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Libby Knox
Office: 913-721-1572
Mobile: 913-449-7600
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Amy Meara
Office: 913-721-1574
Mobile: 913-808-8926
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM MANAGER
Debbie Herrman
Office: 913-721-1573
Mobile: 913-908-6838
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Kate Feder
Office: 913-647-0379
Mobile: 913-660-3699
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Donna Wolfgeher
Office: 913-647-0344
Mobile: N/A

Board of Directors

Board Leadership

Derek Teeter
Chair
Husch Blackwell LLP
Jeff Jaworski
Vice Chair
Triune Financial Partners
R.J. Gildea
Treasurer
Freedom Bank

Board Members

Fr. Nick Blaha
Christ the King Parish, Kansas City, KS
Dr. Vincent Cascone, ex officio
Archdiocese of KC in KS Schools - Superintendent
Spencer Cramer
Crossfirst Bank
Lisa Connor
Ascension Catholic School
Toby Cook
Michael Cullinan
Brigetta Fortin
Lockton Companies
Chad Gassen
BKD
Colleen Hochberg
Hallmark Cards
Todd Koca
Member at Large
CrownSource LLC
Mike Kuckelman
Kuckelman Torline Kirkland
Pat Lillis
Overland Park Dental Design
Denise Mills
LeaderFuel Now
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, ex officio
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Tim Rosa
Titan Built, LLC
Elizabeth Samples
Husch Blackwell
Jon Schnieders
Compass Minerals International
Vicki Shepherd
Guidant Group
Carol Martin Tracy
SFS Architecture
Darren Lovick
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Bill Maloney
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Past Board Chairs

Hamp Henning
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Mark Ledom
Diversified Asset Management
Pat McAnany
McAnany Construction
Nelson Newcomer
DH Pace
Terry Sexton
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Joan Wells
Wellington

Emeritus

Rich Henry
Kansas City Homes
Tom Zarda
Zarda Brothers

"Thanks to you, students in CEF schools have the opportunity to overcome economic adversity and develop their talents to the fullest."

Dr. Kathleen O'Hara, retired Superintendent of Schools

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