Faith in Our Future, a charitable trust created in 2007, will give more than $155,000 in grants to Catholic elementary and high schools in Southeastern Wisconsin.
The group's Board of Trustees has announced that 108 grants and scholarships from its Catholic School Champions Fund will be awarded to more than 100 schools in the region for the 2014-15 school year.
Faith In Our Future's mission is to strengthen Catholic education and faith formation for the future of the Catholic Church.
"This is the first year we've done this, and we're hoping to continue it forever," said John Herbers, legal counsel for the Board of Trustees.
Each of the 14 Catholic high schools in Southeastern Wisconsin will begin receiving a renewable Faith In Our Future Scholarship, that will cover half the cost of one student's tuition for one year. The scholarships will be renewable for up to four years.
"Thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors to the Faith in Our Future Trust, the Catholic School Champions Fund will start awarding scholarships and grants this year and will continue to help students achieve a Catholic education for years to come," the trustees said in a statement.
The amount per grant or scholarship depended on each school's cost of education, Herbers said.
St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee received a grant of $5,000, which will help an incoming freshman afford the cost of tuition, the school's Chief Administrator Mark Joerres said.
"Every year, we have many families that need some financial support," he said. "(The grant) broadens that pool of scholarship money, and if that means we can help one more child receive a Catholic education, that's awesome.
"We're always thinking one step at a time, one day at a time, one student at a time."
Grants also will be given to each of the 94 Catholic elementary schools in the region; resulting scholarships will be awarded by the schools through normal tuition assistance or financial aid programs.
St. John Vianney Catholic School in Brookfield already has a financial assistance program that can provide up to 50 percent for the cost of tuition, but every little bit helps, President Pam Pyzyk said. The school received a grant of $1,000.
"Although we have already been actively providing financial assistance, we're always grateful for one more contribution to help a student," Pyzyk said. "We know it's very important for Catholic education to be available and affordable for families who want to provide that to their children."
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