My faith and education are very important to me, and you give me the opportunity to learn at a faith based school. You don't know how incredibly thankful I am to be at this school. In return, I will remember you in my prayers.
The Catholic Education Foundation believes that all families who seek high-quality, faith-based K-12 education should be able to access it, regardless of their financial situation. We’ve seen the difference it makes - especially for low-income children in rural and inner city communities. And thanks to the generosity of our community, CEF is currently supporting nearly 1,500 students at 25 schools across the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, all serving communities experiencing significant financial need.
The outcomes are clear: CEF scholarships are changing lives.
Learn more about the impact of these scholarships:
An answer to the pandemic
CEF school communities were among the hardest hit by the pandemic, from the immediate impact of last spring’s shutdown to long-term financial and health-related hardships. Since the pandemic began, the generous support of CEF donors has allowed CEF to provide 110 emergency assistance scholarships to families impacted by the pandemic, keeping students in their Catholic school classrooms and families within their school communities right when they need them most. When local district schools remained closed this fall, many families reached out to CEF schools for an answer. CEF was able to provide more than 90 additional tuition assistance scholarships to help schools meet the demand that incoming students presented, along with additional requests from within their existing communities.
As one CEF principal noted, “These additional scholarships meant that families most acutely impacted would be able to stay within our communities. They’ve allowed families to focus on putting food on the table, and educators to focus on preparing a safe and successful fall semester for their children.”
With in-person learning in place at all 25 CEF-supported Catholic schools, students have received the same high-quality, faith-based education, formation, and support Catholic schools are known for - even in the midst of a pandemic. And like the curriculum, CEF students haven’t skipped a beat, with seniors supported by CEF scholarships for low-income students achieving a perfect 100% graduation rate in 2021.
Altogether, CEF provided nearly 1,500 scholarships for the lowest income students in the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas during the 2020-'21 school year. You can help us meet the need for this school year by supporting CEF scholarships today!
You can hear about the difference these scholarships are making firsthand from CEF scholars in the videos below: