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The Catholic Schools Foundation Welcomes 115 Freshmen into Distinguished Scholarship Program
The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) welcomes 115 new scholarship recipients into the tenth class of CSF Scholars at 18 local Catholic high schools. These freshmen will be eagerly learning within their new school community to reach their academic goals as Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Boston are each preparing their individual re-entry plan this fall. CSF Scholars are chosen based upon their potential to succeed academically, their drive to serve their school community, and their financial need.
More broadly, CSF distributes over 4,000 scholarships each year to approximately 80 Catholic schools in the greater Boston area. CSF Scholars graduate high school at a rate of 100% and 98% of CSF Scholars matriculate to college.
“Our group of CSF Scholars is a tight-knit, connected group, and we are so grateful for all of the support that we receive from the Catholic Schools Foundation,” said Laura Bell, Associate Director of Donor Relations at Saint John’s Preparatory School. “Each year, we welcome new scholars at one of our monthly CSF Scholar breakfasts. What is particularly meaningful is the mix of siblings and new students coming aboard. CSF Scholars receive the benefit of knowing that they have a special connection on campus as well as to the Catholic school community at large.”
CSF supported students in kindergarten through 12th grade reside in 127 communities in the greater Boston area, 63% come from single-family households and the median household income for high school scholars is $43,350.
“The CSF provides scholarships and financial aid to students that without help, may not be able to attend a Catholic high school,” said Isabella, a senior CSF Scholar from Matignon High School. “Attending a Catholic high school has provided me with the opportunity to continuously achieve my academic goals, sharpen my social skills, and explore my religion. My high school education has shown me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. It has given me the courage to look to the future with confidence and knowledge that I will be happy and successful.”
The students supported by CSF also come from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds: 34% are Hispanic, 33% are African American, 20% are Caucasian, 13% identify as multi-ethnic or from other backgrounds, and 26% are non-Catholic.
“When you invest in high-quality education, you are investing in the future,” said Mike Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation. “CSF Scholars are the future leaders of our society and we are honored to support this incredible group of students.”
Local Catholic schools are leading the way in providing a safe, high-quality education to their students. Families supported by CSF have the security of knowing where their children will be come September; CSF supported schools will be open and ready to serve their academic needs. To learn more about the CSF Scholars Program, visit csfboston.org/programs.