FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com JANUARY 28, 2016 • catholic scholS • THE COURIER SUN 27 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK Cathedral Prep freshman receives Bishop Catanello Scholarship BY ERICA SIUDZINSKI Freshman Raphael Silva at Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary in Elmhurst was awarded the Bishop Catanello Scholarship this past year. Silva is a freshman in the honors section who has proven to be a worthy recipient by excelling at academics and portraying strong leadership qualities. He accepted the award from his history teacher and Knight Mr. Sammarco ‘10. The Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council will be hosting a dinner to celebrate Bishop Ignatius Catanello. The night will be to celebrate the life of the bishop and to support the scholarship in his memory. The Third Annual Bishop Ignatius Catanello Memorial Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 12, at Immaculate Conception Center, located at 7200 Douglaston Pkwy. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes an open bar, raffles and prizes, and a DJ. RSVP by March 7 to reserve your seat at the dinner. Checks can be made payable to Holy Family Knights of Columbus, with “Bishop’s Dinner” in the memo field, and sent to Holy Family Parish, 175-20 74th Ave., Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. For more information, contact Peter Petrino at 347-267-7614. Futures in Education makes Catholic education possible for needy students Futures in Education for Queens and Brooklyn provide a number of scholarships and tuition assistance programs to ensure that a Catholic education is a viable option for students in Brooklyn and Queens. These programs address the neediest of deserving students, providing assistance through endowment funds and fundraising programs. The organization provides three different programs to aid in making Catholic education affordable: the Diocese of Brooklyn Scholarship (DOB), the Bishop’s Scholarship Program (BSP) and the Be an Angel to a Student Program. The DOB scholarship offers partial scholarships to families in financial need with students in pre-K to eighth grade, enrolled in a Catholic grammar school in Brooklyn or Queens. This scholarship is funded by the generous donors of Futures in Education and the Annual Catholic Appeal. Award amounts range from $500 to $1,400 a year. The BSP program was created to stimulate enrollment of public school students into Catholic schools by providing tuition assistance to families with financial need. Only families with students new to Catholic school in kindergarten through sixth grade, who meet household size and income guidelines, are eligible for the program. This program is funded by Futures in Education fundraising events, and a matching grant of 50 percent from the Children’s Scholarship Fund. The program will pay for up to 75 percent of tuition, or $2,700 a year. For eligibility guidelines, visit http://nyc.scholarshipfund.org. The Be an Angel to a Student program is a sponsorship program where a donor, or Angel, pays a portion of a student’s tuition for Catholic school for a family with extraordinary financial need. The student corresponds with the Angel throughout the school year, with letters, updates and report cards. Eligible students include those in kindergarten through eighth grade, enrolled at a Catholic grammar school in Brooklyn or Queens. The program is funded solely by the Angel donor, and awards are typically around $1,500. All program and scholarship applications typically open at the beginning of February and close one week after income taxes are due (around April 22). All applications are processed by TADS. To apply online, go to futuresineducation.org and click on Scholarships, then Apply Now. Families must reapply for these programs each year, even if they have completed a past application. Scholarships do not automatically renew. Scholarships are transferable to another Catholic grammar school in Brooklyn or Queens. Notifications begin six weeks after the application deadline, and continue on a rolling basis. Awards are sent directly to the school twice during the academic year after student enrollment has been verified.
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