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.
The Diocese of Palm Beach was proud to celebrate the 30annual Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala on December 8, 2019. The theme of this year’s Gala was “Catholic Schools Illuminate Our World!” Thank you to the Mayor of Palm Beach, the Honorable Gail Coniglio, for welcoming guests and for her long-term commitment to our Catholic schools in the diocese.
The purpose of the Lumen Christi Gala is two-fold, to raise funds for scholarships and to recognize the wonderful stories and people who are the heart of our Catholic schools. The Diocese of Palm Beach has a longstanding tradition of honoring and recognizing excellence and distinguished service in Catholic school education. The Lumen Christi Awards were created last year to recognize the outstanding efforts, contributions, and achievements of individuals on behalf of Catholic school education in the diocese. Each school was invited to select one award recipient and they were honored at the event.
In addition, the Diocese of Palm Beach announced that the Knights of Columbus Council 2075 has endowed scholarships for two Catholic schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach. Each year a 7grade student at St. Juliana Catholic School and St. Ann Catholic School will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship for their 8 grade year. Grand Knight, Michael Gisewski and his wife Lisa, who is a teacher assistant at St. Ann Catholic School, presented Bishop Barbarito with a check for $300,000 to endow the scholarships.
Also, at the event, Mr. Richard LePore, who is a family member and Trustee for the Norma T. Pace Foundation also announced that the Foundation will be generously funding the Norma T. Pace Scholarships. Richard’s family and the Foundation trustees are pleased to offer these scholarships in loving memory of Richard’s aunt, Norma T. Pace. In her memory, a total of 47 scholarships will be awarded annually - three scholarships will be awarded at each elementary and high school and one scholarship at each preschool. Elementary scholarships will be $2000, High school scholarship are $3000 and preschool scholarships $250. It is anticipated that $100,000 will be distributed each year. Schools have already selected scholarship recipients for the current school year!
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.
Scholarships Offered in the Diocese of Palm Beach
The Helping Hands Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students, regardless of race, color, or creed, who attend a Roman Catholic elementary and/or secondary school located within the Diocese of Palm Beach. This supports the mission of the Roman Catholic Church in providing a quality education to all students. Principals receive requests for the scholarships and designate awardees with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools.
The Lester N. Stockard Scholarships are available for new students to attend Catholic elementary schools in Palm Beach County. The scholarships will be available for students entering a Catholic elementary school in Palm Beach County and who have not previously attended Catholic schools. Preference will be given to students entering grades five through eight. The student must have a strong academic record or show academic potential, be a positive role model, and have demonstrated financial need. Contact the principal of the school you wish to attend to determine if a scholarship is currently available. The Lester N. Stockard Scholarships are funded through the generosity of Mrs. Lesly Smith.
The Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Distinguished Scholars Program
Bishop with Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
The Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Distinguished Scholars Program for the Diocese of Palm Beach awards scholarships to academically gifted young people with financial need, from public or Catholic elementary schools, to attend one of the three Diocesan Catholic high schools:
Each scholarship is awarded over the four-year high school career of the student, provided the recipient maintains standards of excellence to be determined by his/her school (academic grade point average of no less than 3.0, 25 hours of community service per year, extra-curricular participation, etc.)
The Norma T. Pace Scholarships
Norma T. Pace
In December 2018, the Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach, announced the Norma T. Pace Scholarships for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach. Each school will have the opportunity for three scholarships. The scholarships at the elementary level will be $2,000 per year and the high school scholarships will be $3,000 per year. Scholarships will also be available for our stand-alone preschools at $250 per year; however, only one scholarship will be awarded per preschool. The student must have a strong academic record or show academic potential; be a positive role model through involvement in his or her school, parish or local community; and have demonstrated financial need. The Norma T. Pace Scholarships are funded through the generosity of the Norma T. Pace Foundation. Scholarships will be awarded by the principal, pastor, or president of each participating school. Provided that the student continues to meet the guidelines of the scholarship, the student may be eligible through the exit grade of his or her school.
The Lumen Christi Scholarships and Second Collections Scholarships are allotted equally to the schools each year based upon the funds raised the prior year. The proceeds from the Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala, held each December, and the Annual Second Collection for Catholic Education, conducted in January, fund the two scholarships. The proceeds are distributed to the schools in the diocese and principals, pastors and/or presidents determine recipients at each location.