by CEF Staff
“Because of you and your gift, the doors were opened for my children to attend Catholic school.”
These are the heartfelt words from one of our many CEF parents.
Each school year, our office receives hundreds of cards like this one from our CEF students, families and Catholic school educators. The messages are filled with inspiring words of hope, faith, joy and, above all, gratitude.
Like any parent, they want their children to be the best version of themselves as God created them to be.
The gift of a CEF scholarship provides a “hand up” for our families facing various challenges that limit their financial resources such as a job loss, health complications and other unexpected life issues.
However, these parents demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their child’s Catholic education through their sacrifices of time, talent and treasure and do not take this opportunity for granted. For so many, our Catholic schools provide a home away from home; a community of support, encouragement and love.
This life-changing gift does not need a perfectly wrapped box or a shiny red bow. It is an investment in a child’s future.
Providing a young person with a Catholic education can make a profound impact today and in the years to come. It is a future filled with opportunities to make a positive difference within their families, communities and beyond.
This is summarized well in the words of Pope Francis: “Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given to you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!”
In this season of charity and generosity, we at CEF would like to express our gratitude to those we work with to make this gift possible.
Thank you to our devoted Catholic school educators who, through their commitment to the academic, moral and spiritual development of students, prepare them for both their earthly existence and also heaven.
Thank you to our CEF families for the sacrifices they make to ensure their children receive a Catholic education.
And we certainly thank our dedicated board members and generous donors for their ongoing support — we could not do this work without them!
This school year, CEF will provide over $1.5 million dollars in CEF scholarships to approximately 1,500 students. But we still have over 400 students who are waiting for a scholarship.
Will you help us provide a quality, faith-filled Catholic education to a child in need? It is truly a gift that will keep on giving, and the rewards are priceless.
Together we can make a difference — one scholarship at a time!