Catholic School Scholarship

Diocese of Grand Rapids announces Faith & Future Scholarship and free tuition drawings

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A new scholarship will support families’ investment in Catholic education in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Beginning fall 2020, every kindergartner, 6th grader, and 9th grader in the diocese’s 31 Catholic schools will be eligible for the Faith & Future Scholarship, worth $100 toward tuition. There is also a bonus of $50 if the student completed 5th or 8th grade at one of the diocese’s Catholic schools, for a total possible scholarship value of up to $150.

The scholarship announcement comes during Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, a nationwide event celebrating Catholic education. The announcement was made at the diocese’s annual Catholic Schools Week Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on Jan. 28, with student representatives from Catholic schools around the diocese in attendance.

To receive the Faith & Future Scholarship, parents of future kindergartners, 6th graders, and 9th graders must complete the scholarship application, and subscribe to the CatholicSchools4U.org blog, and to the weekly newsletter from digital safety experts Protect Young Eyes, a community partner of Catholic schools in the diocese.

Along with the Faith & Future Scholarship, the diocese also announced a drawing to give away one year of free tuition to one kindergartner, one 6th grader, and one 9th grader in fall 2020. Families who complete their enrollment and meet the other Faith & Future Scholarship requirements by April 30, 2020, will be automatically entered in the giveaway. The winners will be selected in a random drawing.

Other scholarships at the diocesan, parish, and school levels also support families’ investment in Catholic education, including need-based scholarships.

“I am grateful every day to the families who choose Catholic schools, and the Faith & Future Scholarship is another way the Diocese of Grand Rapids partners with families to provide this inspiring education to their children,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools in the diocese. “An education centered in Christ offers outcomes that are second to none.”

Learn more about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids at CatholicSchools4U.org.
CONTACT: Greg Ghering
marketing communications coordinator gghering@grcatholicschools.org
616-475-1240 | 616-826-9808 cell

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,340 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.

Courage & Encourage Group

Courage Group

“Before all else comes the individual person,” Pope Francis wrote, “and people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies. We are all destined to receive his infinite love.” The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attraction as brothers and sisters in Christ and helps them to respond to their vocation as sons and daughters of God, created in his image and likeness. Together with a priest, Courage members strive for chastity, build authentic friendships, and grow in holiness. For more information, call 616-288-0914 or email courage@grdiocese.org

Encourage Group

For parents of sons and daughters who experience same-sex attraction, “speaking the truth in love” to their children can often present a challenge. The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and loved ones in this situation and offers support and direction as they strive to love their children without the boundless love of Christ. A priest leads regular meetings of EnCourage and offers insights into how to keep the faith while keeping family relationships strong. For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or email encourage@grdiocese.org

 

Beacons of Light

The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all Catholic women to join them for the state conference, BEACONS OF LIGHT, to be held April 24-25, 2020 in Frankenmuth, MI.

Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, Most Reverend Stephen J. Raica, bishop of Gaylord, Most Reverend Earl A.  Boyea, bishop of Lansing, and Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, bishop of Kalamazoo, will be celebrating Mass on Friday night. This year’s event coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Council of Catholic Women.

Please join us for this event that will feature Mass with our bishops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and fellowship time with women from all over the state. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and the conference concludes on Saturday at lunch. For registration information and room block details, email grdccw@grdiocese.org or call Janet at 616-915-5930.

Catholic Education

Catholic schools educate the whole child for a life of encounter with Jesus Christ. Our Catholic schools are devoted to helping students in every dimension of life, nurturing a relationship with Christ which is the foundation of all learning.

Catholic schools provide an outstanding personalized learning experience known to boost academic success. Catholic high schools in our diocese have a 99% graduation rate, with 97% of the class of 2019 going to college.

Catholic schools are welcoming communities where each student feels safe, honored and celebrated. Our mission is rooted in Christ who calls us to value and love all people.

Catholic schools invite participation in diverse activities that encourage exploration, creativity and the pursuit of personal potential. A wide variety of performing arts and championship-caliber athletics provide inspiration and opportunities to excel.

Catholic schools are committed to helping students learn in a joyful environment filled with Christ’s beauty, goodness and truth. Our dedicated faculty members are encouraged to be creative in their instructional approach to ensure students retain their lessons through a love for learning and life.

To find a Catholic school near you, visit CatholicSchools4U.org. Scholarships are available.

St. Raphael’s Adult Singles Group

St. Raphael’s Singles is a diocesan-wide Catholic ministry for adult singles age 40+ who are divorced, widowed, or have never been married. Join us for friendship, fellowship and many kinds of events, both spiritual and social. Gatherings take place on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7-9 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Email straphaelssingles1@gmail.com for more information.