The Diocese of Palm Beach is proud to recognize its efforts and the efforts of its schools in making tuition affordable for those who qualify. Scholarships and tuition assistance are available for students through a myriad of ways.
Parents and guardians should review the links below for more information on state scholarships which may be available for your child. For information about the diocesan scholarships listed below, as well as individual school tuition assistance programs, please contact the Administration Office of the specific school where you wish to enroll your child. Diocesan scholarships are allocated to the schools, which determine recipients.
The mission of this program reads, "Step Up For Students works with public education to help fulfill the promise of equal opportunity by empowering parents to pursue the best learning options for their children."
Step Up For Students is a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization that helps administer two scholarships for Florida schoolchildren: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) for low-income families and the Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) for children with certain special needs.
Education is rooted in the promise of equal educational opportunity, and nowhere is that covenant more relevant than in the lives of children who live near poverty or for students with certain special needs. A quality education should not be determined by financial means nor disability. Through the scholarships, we empower parents to give their children a chance at a brighter future.
The FTC scholarship program was created to benefit children whose educational options are limited by household income. The scholarships are not tied to the performance of schools nor the students who receive them. The program is different primarily because it directly targets students with the fewest options available. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis.
The Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) helps parents individualize the educational plans for their children with certain special needs.
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Florida school choice programs allow parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provided over 30,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the coming school year. Click here for more information.
Click here to see the video from our Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala.
The 28th Annual Lumen Christi Gala – Catholic Schools Forming Future Leaders was held in December 2016 at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Mark and Karen Rodgers were chairpersons of the event, which honored Marie Privuznak and Denis Hamel with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for their outstanding work and support of Catholic education. The gala raises funds for scholarships to Catholic schools in the diocese. In 2016 more than $285,000 in scholarships were granted, with each school awarding nearly $18,000 to deserving students.
The diocese is also grateful to the generous donors who have made $1,158,155 in funds available for scholarships and tuition assistance through applications at individual diocesan/parish schools.