Catholic charity – $4.5M in scholarships announced

The Catholic Education Foundation will provide $4.5 million in scholarships for poor children in the Los Angeles area to attend Catholic schools, the Los Angeles Times reported on June 1.

With an endowment of $82 million, the foundation uses all contributions to support scholarships for low-income children. This coming year, the foundation will send 4,700 disadvantaged children to 227 Catholic elementary and high schools in the area.

Since it was started in 1988 by Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahoney, the foundation has awarded more than $28 million in scholarships to 37,000 children.

The foundation is one of several funds responding to families seeking alternatives to public schools. Last year, the Children’s Scholarship Fund awarded 40,000 partial scholarships to help low-income families throughout the United States send their children to private schools.

Scholarships have boosted enrollment at Catholic schools, which are full in many districts. “We have not kept up with demand,” said Jerome R. Porath, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese. He added that due to prohibitive land costs, there are no plans to build new schools at this time.

For a full text of the article, go to the Los Angeles Times.

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