2018-19 Catholic Schools Scholarship Appeal

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Help students in Arkansas receive a Catholic education by supporting the Catholic Schools Scholarship Appeal.

The sixth annual Catholic Schools Scholarship Appeal kicks off Nov. 10 to assist schools statewide in raising funds for need-based tuition assistance. A letter from Bishop Anthony B. Taylor and donation envelope was mailed to previous donors. A bulletin insert was provided to all parishes in English and Spanish for the weekend of Nov. 10-11. Donors also have the option of donating online.

FACTS Management Company, a third-party provider, reviews the applications and determines if a family qualifies for tuition assistance. This year, applicant families qualified for $3.2 million to assist 1,164 students. Parishes and schools have committed $1.6 million in assistance, leaving $1.6 million still needed.

This appeal was created in 2013 to close the gap in providing assistance to all the families who requested it. Donations help families who could not otherwise afford to offer a Catholic education to their children. This effort is sponsored by the Office of Catholic Schools. For more information, contact Marguerite Olberts, associate superintendent, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 394.

Donors may mail a check to: Catholic Schools of Arkansas Scholarship Appeal, Diocese of Little Rock, P.O. Box 7565, Little Rock, AR 72217-7565, or donate online via credit card.

"Catholic schools are an integral part of the teaching mission of the Church because they assist parents in the important obligation of educating and forming their children through faith development. It is more important than ever that we continue to provide an academically rigorous education, rooted in the Gospel, and rich in the cherished traditions and liturgical practices of our faith. In doing so, we ensure that students will have the foundation to live a moral and upright life to face the challenges brought on by cultural and moral changes in the world today." — Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Scholarship Appeal Letter, November 2018