The Catholic Foundation Awards over $226,000 in Scholarships to 29 Students

This year, 29 students in the diocese will receive awards from 23 scholarship funds at The Catholic Foundation totaling over $226,000. Scholarships support promising and deserving students by assisting them with the costs of their education. Donors often establish a scholarship to honor or memorialize friends, teachers, family members or other loved ones. Since 2007, The Catholic Foundation has awarded over $1 million in scholarships empowering over 180 young people to continue their academic and vocational studies. With continued generosity of donors who share this dedication to education, the Foundation will continue to support students as they answer God’s call.

Scholarship funds, such as the T.J. Baesmann Scholarship, serve as a powerful legacy to support and encourage students. This scholarship provides tuition assistance for college to a graduating senior of a Catholic High School in the Diocese of Columbus. The 2020 T.J. Baesmann Scholarship recipient is Andrea Bergman from Bishop Hartley High School. Andrea said, “I am honored to receive this Catholic scholarship because my faith is important to me. This scholarship allows me to further my Catholic education and faith development. I am currently attending the University of Dayton through summer courses online and will continue my education at UD this fall! Go Flyers!”

Dan Kurth, VP of Grants and Community Impact, said the scholarship process was a little more difficult this year. “Usually, the scholarship committees deliberate in March. Obviously, the quarantine provided some challenges in the evaluation of the scholarship candidates. However, the committees were flexible and met via Zoom and Skype to make sure that the winners were selected as quickly as possible and the notifications delivered in a timely manner. This year we were able to help students attending Catholic grade schools, Catholic high schools, and to even help students as they continue their post-secondary education. We are honored to play a small role in impacting the educational life of students within our Diocese. As St. Augustine said, ‘Education is the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity, and the provocation to grace in the soul’.”

The recipients were selected based on criteria established by the donor who created each scholarship. For more information on tuition assistance, please contact the Office of Catholic Schools or your local school. For more information on our scholarship funds, please visit our Scholarship Page.