"I attended a public school at the beginning of this year; one week and a day later, I was back at my Catholic school."
- Joseph, Bishop Larkin Interparochial Catholic School
The 2014 Catholic Foundation Celebration is set for February 8, 2014. This incredible evening supporting our Catholic schools through tuition assistance is now celebrating its 5th year of success. Make plans to join us for this night promoting the importance of our Catholic schools. We return to the A La Carte Event Pavilion and soon, we'll announce this year's keynote speaker. For now, though, you can go ahead and register online today and reserve your table for this event.
Most Reverend Robert Lynch, along with the Catholic Foundation, is pleased to announce this year's Catholic Educational Leadership Award Recipient, Mr. Joseph Capitano, Sr.
The Catholic Foundation, in partnership with the Riley Family Education Foundation, created a new program this year to help Catholic families throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg seeking a Catholic education to be able to afford one. The Florida Step Up For Students Program is an incredible program designed to provide scholarships to low-income families who want a private school education. Even with the generous support of a Step Up scholarship, many families still struggle to access our Catholic schools. Through this partnership, as well as partnerships with the Couch Family Foundation and Mary Help of Christians Foundation, we have been able to provide more than 150 scholarships to help families access a Catholic school education that desire one.
"This is just the beginning!" shares Scott Riley, Catholic Foundation board member and the founder of the Riley Family Education Foundation. "Our goal, in partnership with the Catholic Foundation is to help ensure that every seat is filled in our Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg."
To find out if you qualify for one of these scholarships, simply contact one of the schools of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Now in its 3rd year, the High School Special Tuition Assistance Fund continues to provide help to our high school students. Families of students attending the four high schools of the Diocese of St. Petersburg may be eligible to receive up to 75% of their 2013-2014 high school tuition as a grant paid for by the Catholic Foundation.
In the past two years, the Catholic Foundation helped 33 students with grants totaling more than $68,000. This year, because of the overwhelming success of the Catholic Foundation Celebration, the Foundation continues to be able to provide for this program as well as others. Feel free to register today for the 2014 Celebration.
Dr. Thomas Barton was directed by St. Petersburg Catholic High School to the Foundation because he wanted to do something else to benefit his high school alma mater. He already committed to help the school annually for the next ten years. He began by creating a charitable gift annuity naming St. Petersburg Catholic as the sole beneficiary.