Your gift supporting the Bishop's Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity for deserving students to attend El Paso's Catholic middle and high schools.
Bishop's Scholarships are available for a select number of students who:
Scholarships are available for students enrolling in the sixth grade or above and are renewable for as long as the student attends an El Paso Catholic school and remains in good standing. The amount of an individual Bishop’s Scholarship award ranges from $500 to $6,000 annually, determined by the Foundation based on the ability of the student’s family to contribute toward the educational expenses.
Currently, there are more requests for scholarship assistance than the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, Diocesan Education Assistance Fund, and our local schools can provide. Yet many students attending El Paso’s Catholic schools are especially in need of financial aid. Nearly one out of four of the over 3,500 students enrolled in El Paso’s Catholic schools qualify for the federal lunch program. Many more families would like to attend but find the tuition out of reach. While our schools work hard to keep tuition affordable--with tuition ranging from $3,700 to $7,000/year - the need for financial aid outpaces the availability.
The Bishop’s Scholarship Fund is designed to help meet this need.
October 02, 2018Sisters of Loretto Honored by the Catholic Foundation with 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award
The Sisters of Loretto were honored as the recipients of the 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award during the 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: Walking with the Saints on Thursday, September 20, 2018 for their significant work in the Diocese of El Paso and profound impact in the area of education.Read more
September 21, 2018Catholic Foundation Honors Religious Sisters, Raises $90,358 at 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner
The Catholic Foundation honored the Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto with the 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award for their extraordinary contributions to the Diocese of El Paso for over a century. The event raised $90,358 in just one night. Proceeds benefit the Foundation whose only purpose is to serve the Catholic Church in the Diocese of El Paso.Read more
July 24, 2018Beloved Principal Honored with a Legacy Fund
An anonymous donor created the Elizabeth Wiehe Scholarship Fund for St. Raphael School as a way to give back and to keep the legacy of a beloved founder, teacher, and longtime principal alive. The fund will provide scholarships for students who could not otherwise afford to attend St. Raphael.Read more
July 05, 20184th Annual Dei Gratia Award Winners Announced
The Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto will be honored as the recipients of the Catholic Foundation's 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award during the 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: Walking with the Saints on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the El Paso Convention Center.Read more
May 22, 2018Increase your Retirement with the Catholic Foundation
You make a donation using cash, marketable securities or other assets, and we, in turn, pay you a fixed amount for life. In addition to the opportunity to increase your retirement income as you help shape our future, gift annuities offer you numerous tax benefits.Read more
September 24, 2017The Catholic Foundation raises $121,460 in just one night at the 11th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner, Honors Rudy & Elvia Miles with 3rd Annual Dei Gratia Award
The Catholic Foundation raised $121,460 in just one night at the 11th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner and celebrated the accomplishments of Rudy & Elvia Miles with the 3rd Annual Dei Gratia Award. Proceeds benefit the Foundation whose only purpose is to serve the Catholic Church in the Diocese of El Paso.Read more
July 18, 2017Bishop Mark J. Seitz Establishes Scholarship Fund for Dreamers
Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, D.D., Bishop of El Paso, announced the establishment of the Soñador Scholarship Fund, managed by the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, at a press conference and unveiling of his Pastoral Letter on Migration to the People of God in the Diocese of El Paso at Sacred Heart Church on July 18, 2017.Read more
August 26, 20164th Annual Foundation Scholars Prayer Breakfast Celebrates Catholic Education
The Catholic Foundation prayer breakfast celebrated students and their families and inspired a very generous gift!Read more
September 19, 2019
The purpose of the annual dinner is to bring the whole community together to celebrate our Catholic faith, experience the wisdom and grace of renowned national and international speakers, and disseminate the Stewardship message of, “Pray. Serve. Give.” Keynote speaker to be announced soon!View Details
Endowment funds provide a vehicle through which individuals make outright or planned gifts that will have an everlasting impact on the parish/school. In time the income generated by the gift will far exceed the original donation.
As a result, endowed funds provide a perpetual, supplemental source of income for such things as the enhancement of programs and ministries, facilities maintenance, scholarships and seminary assistance, priest retirement, etc. Learn more about endowment funds.
In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.
To donate by phone, please call:
(Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT)
To mail your donation:
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Monthly giving can be a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support for our Catholic community. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people and parishes that are helped by the ministries and charities of the Diocese of El Paso.
Make a planned gift through a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, or other planned giving instrument.
Donors may create a Named Fund with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more over a five-year period benefiting the endowment fund of their choice. If you are interesting in establishing a Named Fund in honor of an endowment fund, please contact us online or call (915) 872-8412.