Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Endowment Fund

Your gift supporting the Bishop's Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity for deserving students to attend El Paso's Catholic middle and high schools.

20
Donors
$185,816
Current Value
$1,000,000
Goal

About this Fund

Bishop's Scholarships are available for a select number of students who:

  • meet the academic and extracurricular requirements of the scholarship application
  • are recommended by their pastor/principal
  • are at-risk and would benefit from a Catholic education, and
  • would not otherwise be able to attend Catholic school.

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.

Fund News

El Paso Giving Day

Heard of El Paso Giving Day but don't know what it's all about? Here are all the facts you need to know.

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Sisters 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.

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Catholic 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.

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San Judas Catholic Boy Scouts On A Mission

Troop 429 had their trailer and all of it contents stolen and now they are on a mission to replace everything and get back to the business of scouting and giving back to the community.

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Beloved 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.

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Celebrate Bishop Mark's 5th Anniversary

The Catholic Foundation is proud to announce the 545 Fund, a campaign to raise resources for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund, in honor of Bishop Mark's 5 years serving the Diocese of El Paso.

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4th 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.

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Increase 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.

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The 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.

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Bishop 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.

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4th Annual Foundation Scholars Prayer Breakfast Celebrates Catholic Education

The Catholic Foundation prayer breakfast celebrated students and their families and inspired a very generous gift!

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Upcoming Events

November 26, 2018

We Need To Talk: Estate & End of Life Planning Seminar

Attendees will learn the basics of modern estate planning and get answers to all Catholic end of life questions at this informative free seminar to learn about planning for the end of this life and preparing for eternal life.

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Why Give to Endowment?

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.

Other Ways to Give

In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.

By Phone or Mail

To donate by phone, please call:
(915) 872-8412
(Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT)

To mail your donation:
Download our Donation Form PDF

Monthly Giving

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.

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Legacy & Planned Giving

Make a planned gift through a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, or other planned giving instrument.

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Establish a Named Fund

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.

Named Fund Donors Supporting the Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis Fund
Michael and Clara Miles Fund
Anonymous
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