Scholarships

Every dollar of the donations received are awarded to students attending Catholic elementary, secondary and pre-schools in the Diocese.

Many families can choose a Catholic education for their children because of the financial assistance provided by the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation (EPSF). Founded in 2001, the mission of the Foundation is to provide financial assistance to every family within the Diocese of Allentown who desires a Catholic school education for their children, but does not have the financial resources to pay full tuition.

Every dollar of the donations received are awarded to students attending Catholic elementary, secondary and pre-schools in the Diocese. Families most in need receive attention first.

 

How do I apply?

Contact your local Catholic school for a scholarship application. Eligible students are school age residents of Pennsylvania, enrolled in a Catholic School located in the Diocese of Allentown from a household that has a combined annual income not to exceed $50,000. (This amount increases by $10,000 for each dependent.) School age students range from Kindergarten through graduation from high school or 21 years of age, whichever occurs first. Pre-Kindergarten students who are three and four years old qualify for the Pre-K Program.

 

Who Funds the Scholarships?

Donations from businesses participating in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program are the primary sources of funding for EPSF scholarships.

The Foundation has awarded over $12 million through more than 15,000 scholarships to students attending the 48 secondary, elementary, special needs schools, and 45 pre-schools in the Diocese of Allentown. Since 2001, annual awards have grown from $688,000 to $ more than $1.7 million in 2011.

 

How Can I Help?

You can build a bright future for deserving students of the Diocese of Allentown. We welcome personal donations to our scholarship fund for any school or combination of schools in our Diocese. Whether it is through a planned giving gift, memorial scholarship fund or an individual gift, we are happy to work with you to meet your educational philanthropic goals.