Children’s Scholarship Fund
The Children’s Scholarship Fund began in Omaha in 1998 when 13 donors matched a $1 million grant from CSF of New York. CSF provides scholarships to qualifying families of all races and faiths who meet the federal income guidelines. The mission of the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha is to open the doors of educational opportunity for qualifying families so their children may attend the private or parochial elementary school of their choice. Children’s Scholarship Fund Omaha is an independent scholarship granting organization and is not an agency of the Archdiocese. Visit the Children’s Scholarship Fund website to apply for a scholarship.
Latino Catholic Scholarship Fund of Omaha
The Latino Catholic Scholarship Fund of Omaha was started in 2003 to provide tuition assistance to Latino students in the Omaha area who wish to attend a Catholic school. Over the past 10 years, nearly $750,000 has been distributed to the families whose children desire a quality, Catholic education. Last year, the fund provided assistance to 99 students and 62 families, and the demand for an affordable education continues to grow. Our goal in the coming year is to ensure that any family that received scholarship assistance last year will be funded this year. At the same time, we want to provide scholarships to many more children who want to attend a Catholic school.
Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund
The Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund is an outgrowth of the National Black Catholic Pastoral Plan and is dedicated to providing values-based, quality Catholic education to black youth of economic disadvantage. The scholarship award is named in honor of Ms. Tessie O. Edwards, the first African-American teacher in the Archdiocese of Omaha and long-time champion of the Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund. Since its founding in 1994, this scholarship has made it possible for more than 125 students throughout Omaha to attend a Catholic high school. For more information on applying for this scholarship, please contact the Financial Aid Officer at the Omaha area Catholic high school you are interested in.
In addition to the scholarship opportunities presented here, most schools are able to provide need-based financial aid awards to families. Prospective families are encouraged to speak to school leadership about additional financial aid opportunities offered at the school level.
Music in Catholic Schools Scholarships
Boy Scout Awards
Girl’s Religious Awards
The Girls’ Religious Award (GRA) is a national award program, coordinated in the Archdiocese by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, for any girl ages 8-18. This program allows Catholic girls to explore and become more involved in their Catholic faith. All programs are designed to support and complement the catechetical efforts of Catholic parishes and schools.
Any girl between the ages of 8 to 18 may participate in the GRA program as an individual or as part of a group such as Girl Scouts or Camp Fire Girls. A Catholic adult advisor is required to supervise the program and may be an individual’s parent or a troop leader. Upon completion of the program, it is encouraged that medals be presented in an award ceremony at the girls’ parish.
If you are in a rural area and wish to participate in this program you are welcome to do so; all materials and forms will be mailed to you at cost.
We request that girls do not work on their medals during the year in which they prepare for sacraments (First Communion and Confirmation) as this is a special time and the focus should be on the sacrament.
Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
Program Level Information
- Family of God – Grades 3 (PDF)
- I Live My Faith – Grades 4-6 (PDF)
- Mary, the First Disciple – Grade 7-9 (PDF)
- Spirit Alive – Grades 10-12 (PDF)
Adult Advisor Information
The Archdiocese will place two orders for books and materials on the following dates:
- September 30, 2016
- February 17, 2017
Those who submit orders on or before these dates will not be subject to additional shipping fees.
To streamline ordering materials, we follow the school calendar year for specific deadlines. This allows Girl Scout Troops to schedule their medal ceremony on Girl Scout Sunday (on or near March 12). However, it is possible for anyone to start and complete the GRA programs at any time though you will be subject to additional shipping fees.
Please see the Participation Instructions for Adult Advisors above for prices.