Our Work

Catholic School Scholarships

The Foundation manages endowments to help families pay for Catholic education. Help us make quality Catholic education accessible for deserving students in our community through scholarships.

145

Students receiving scholarships for the 2018-2019 School Year

$210,014

Scholarships awarded in 2018

The Foundation secures grants and manages endowments to help children from low and middle-income families have the opportunity to experience the gift of a Catholic education. The Foundation manages 25 funds designated for Catholic schools with a combined value of close to $7 million. Building our Catholic school endowment funds to our initial goal of $12 million will generate $480,000 annually to support Catholic education.

The benefits of Catholic education to our community

Why support Catholic student scholarships?

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 2,700 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 $4,100 to $7,850 per year—the need for financial aid outpaces the availability.

Our Progress

In 2018, the Foundation awarded $210,014 in financial aid to 145 Foundation Scholars attending El Paso’s Catholic Schools. Most of the scholarship aid was distributed from scholarship endowed funds, with the remainder coming from donations and the grant from the Hunt Family Foundation.

Our Scholarship Program complements the Office of Education’s Financial Aid Program that provides more than $250,000 a year in scholarship aid. Individual schools also provide financial aid to students from individual donations and school scholarship programs, and use tuition discounts for low-income students and families who have multiple children attending.

In April of 2015 we announced that the Foundation was awarded a 2015 dollar-for-dollar matching grant in the amount of $70,000 from the Scanlan Foundation for Catholic school scholarship funds. El Paso's Catholic's schools raised $75,000 in response to the Challenge and Scanlan matched those gifts with an additional $70,000.