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.

Click here to read more about the impact of our scholarship programs.

 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.

This program is funded in part by a 100K grant from the Cummings Foundation.


Engineering is Elementary

 Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a rigorously researched, classroomtested curriculum that increases students’ interest in and confidence about engineering. EiE is designed to encourage all childrenincluding those from underrepresented groupsto 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.

Catholic Schools Admissions Collaborative

The Catholic Schools Admissions Collaborative (CSAC) strengthens enrollment in Boston area  Catholic grade schools by leveraging shared resources to institute and execute best practices in admissions and outreach.  In conjunction with the Hispanic Recruitment Initiative and the New Immigrant Scholarship programs, the CSAC seeks to enrich school culture and support the needs of the communities’ families.  Click here to access additional CSAC resources.