The Inner-City Scholarship Fund
The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) assists families who wish to send their children to a Catholic school but are unable to afford tuition. Through its signature program, the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, CSF has distributed more than $100 million in scholarship aid to over sixty thousand students over the past three decades. Education is the first stepping stone to a better life and CSF is committed to ensuring high-quality education for Boston’s most vulnerable populations. We have two core scholarship programs:
- Elementary School Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to qualifying elementary school students whose families have shown a demonstrated financial need. CSF guarantees all funding at the same level for students in grades K-8 (pending qualification), thus providing stability for both families and schools.
- CSF Scholars: The CSF Scholars Program was established in 2011 to provide scholarships to a select group of students in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Catholic high schools. Students are selected as CSF Scholars based upon their potential as scholars, active members of their new school community, and their families’ demonstrated financial need.
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CSF Leadership Program
Recognizing the power of leadership to transform a school and the lives of its students, the Catholic Schools Foundation is investing in a multi-year school leadership program in collaboration in the Catholic Schools Office. The program will develop the next generation of dynamic, effective, mission-driven school leaders by
- Retaining and increasing effectiveness of first and second-year Catholic school leaders
- Creating a pool of highly-qualified Catholic school leaders and placing them in principal positions at in-need Catholic schools in RCAB following a year-long apprenticeship and dynamic professional development
- Developing a deep and talented pool of future apprentices and leaders
- Building a pool of qualified, committed, and trained individuals to actively serve as board members at in-need Catholic schools in RCAB
The key components of the leadership program are:
- 5 Apprentice Principals
- RCAB Leadership Academy
- The Emmaus Series for Catholic School Leaders at the Roche Center for Catholic Education
- Teacher Evaluation Training
- Professional Development for Current Leaders
- MATCH Instructional Coaching
- Special projects with the CSO for aspiring leaders
- Governance training and materials for new Catholic School board members
Catholic School Board and Governance Training
As part of CSF’s Leadership Program, Catholic School Board and Governance Training will help solidify the future of our schools by identifying members of CSF’s Young Leaders program and other supporters to participate in this training and serve on boards of in-need Catholic schools. This program, conducted in collaboration with the Catholic Schools Office, will assure schools continue their mission through engaging the broader community, and recognizes that the needs of schools can best be determined by school leaders working with intentionally formed boards that bring a variety of professions, skills, and experiences to the table. With training and support of their efforts, the contributions of empowered boards will significantly impact the mission and success of our Catholic schools.
City Connects Counseling Program
This Program provides schools with a nationally-recognized program housed at Boston College that connects at-risk children with a set of prevention, intervention, and enrichment services to provide for the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of young people. The City Connects Counseling Program provides 3,776 students in 11 Boston Catholic schools with the resources they need to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.
Engineering is Elementary
Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a rigorously researched, classroom–tested curriculum that increases students’ interest in and confidence about engineering. EiE is designed to encourage all children—including those from underrepresented groups—to envision themselves as potential engineers. Developed in conjuncture with scientists, this is a high quality program that meets national as well as Massachusetts state standards. This Program partners with the Museum of Science (MOS) to open doors to new experiences beyond the classroom. Investments to this Program can provide schools with the MOS award-winning Engineering is Elementary curriculum.
Horizons for Homless Children
CSF is partnering with Horizons for Homeless Children to provide vulnerable children with an opportunity to improve their lives by attending high-quality Catholic schools. Boston Catholic schools are small community-based schools that promote values and offer a family-oriented atmosphere where children feel safe and are able to experience a consistent and supportive environment. The schools also provide rigorous academic curriculum and enrichment programs. Our partnership with Horizons for Homeless Children serves children in pre-K to 8th grade and is open to students of all faiths.
Hispanic Recruitment Initiative
CSF’s Hispanic Recruitment Initiative was established in 2008 to provides scholarships for Hispanic students to access a Catholic education in the greater-Boston area. The initiative provides hands-on support and services to families and schools, including language support, financial aid workshops, parent ambassador/Madrinas programs, and professional development for schools.
With its dedication to ensuring the most students possible have access to high-quality Catholic schools, the Catholic Schools Foundation began its Schools Targeted to Advance and Rise (STAR) program in 2016. CSF recognizes the challenges faced by schools – financial, demographic, capital, leadership, and governance – that at times inhibit access for students who could benefit from the Catholic education provided at schools in RCAB. CSF designed this program to identify schools and communities that are places of opportunity and importance where additional support can be provided in collaboration with the CSO to strengthen the schools in the long-term.