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.

149

Students receiving scholarships for the 2019-2020 School Year

$197,852

Scholarships awarded in 2019

Foundation Scholars Prayer Breakfast Element-03 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 26 funds designated for Catholic schools with a combined value of over $8 million. Building our Catholic school endowment funds to our initial goal of $12 million will generate $480,000 annually to support Catholic education. For more information about creating a scholarship fund contact Major Gifts Officer Sofía Larkin at the Foundation at (915) 872-8412.

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 2009, Michael and Clara Miles established a fund for Catholic high school scholarships with a gift of $2.9 million. Their generous and thoughtful act laid the groundwork for what is known today as the Catholic Foundation’s Scholarship Program. Their impact on students attending Cathedral, Father Yermo, and Loretto Academy high schools is immeasurable.

In 2019, the Foundation welcomed the Teacher's Salary Subsidy Fund to the Catholic Legacy Fund, the Foundation's endowment program. The endowed fund was established by the Office of Education with a gift of $500,000 will help ensure that educators at each of El Paso’s 9 Catholic schools in the Diocese of El Paso have the funds necessary for salary support. Catholic school educators are paid substantially less than their public school counterparts but stress that they love their jobs, love being in a Catholic school, and feel strongly that being a teacher is a vocation and a calling. 

The Foundation awarded $196,677 to 151 Foundation Scholars attending El Paso’s Catholic Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Most of the scholarship aid was distributed from scholarship endowed funds, with the remainder coming from donations and a grant from the Hunt Family Foundation.