Saint Brigid of Kildare School Grants & Scholarships

The Oak Society is committed to helping families in our parish continue a Catholic education through parish-supported grants, scholarships, and tuition assistance. The Oak Society is possible thanks to the generosity of our parishioners. The Oak Society will provide scholarships to students with criteria set by the donor or organization. We will continue to build this scholarship program in order to expand the opportunities available to our students. If you are interested in donating or creating a scholarship, please contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.

All grant and scholarship applications are reviewed anonymously and confidentially by a committee composed of parish and school representatives.

Saint Brigid of Kildare School School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

*Students/families winning more than one scholarship will be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount.

The Oak Society Grant (Winter 2021)

The Oak Society Grants are available for all incoming students in grades K-8 who are registered for the following school year.  Each grant is set at $500, and is subject to annual review.  Each year, the grant amount will be announced when the tuition rate is announced during the winter prior to the upcoming school year.  

Application Requirements:

  1. The Oak Society Grant Applications will be released with re-enrollment information in January of each year.  Parents will have a one-week deadline by which to respond.
  2. New families will receive information on the Oak Society grant application with their acceptance packet and will have a one-week deadline by which to respond.
  3. The SAC Executive Committee and school administrator will review each application anonymously with a final review by the pastor.
  4. The Finance Office will make sure that applying families are not also receiving parish financial aid.
  5. Families will be notified in February of each year.

Eligibility:

  1. Active, registered members of Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish or nearby Catholic parishes without schools are eligible.
  2. Teachers and staff are not eligible.
  3. Families who are new to the parish are eligible to apply.
  4. Families who accept the Oak Society Grant may not apply for parish or diocesan financial aid.

 

Karen and William Nomina Faith and Service Scholarship (Spring 2021)

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is…Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you.” – Pope Francis

Karen and William Nomina were the parents of Kelly Nomina Barr and grandparents of Maisie and Declan Barr who are parishioners and students of St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church and School. Mr. and Mrs. Nomina grew up in a small town where their faith in God bloomed and they dedicated themselves to a life of service to others.

Application Requirements:
This scholarship is available to any Saint Brigid of Kildare student in K-8th grade for the 2021-22 school year

Amount:
$500 for one school year

Deadline:
April 23, 2021

 

The Brendan Foley Spirit Scholarship (Spring 2021)

The Brendan Foley Spirit Scholarship is available to any Saint Brigid of Kildare student entering sixth-eighth grade. Brendan (Class of 2015) loved Saint Brigid of Kildare School, was a fun-loving, dedicated student, and was always kind, respectful, and responsible. This scholarship will honor Brendan’s faith-filled spirit as shown by the recipient and will be awarded by financial need and written response.

Writing prompt:  Please write a paragraph reflecting on Brendan’s eighth grade Memory Book quotation: “Cherish your days at Saint Brigid School because it will probably be the best school you ever attend.” What does this quote mean to you and your experience at Saint Brigid School?

Award:  Two applicants, $1,500 each

 

Home and School Association Scholarship (Spring 2021)

The Home & School Association is a parent-run organization with the purpose of enriching the Catholic School experience for Saint Brigid of Kildare students and staff by supporting our school’s mission statement, building a strong sense of community spirit, and expressing appreciation to those committed to our school.

In an effort to give back to the students, this scholarship, funded by the Annual Fund, will be awarded to two individuals in grade seven, who demonstrate that they embody the mission statement of our school and represent all that Saint Brigid of Kildare School has given to them to become the Catholic individuals they are today, as they are poised to take on the role of leaders of our school. 

Application Requirements:
Students may compete by writing an essay answering: How do you represent the mission statement of our school and represent all that Saint Brigid of Kildare School has given to you to become the Catholic individual you are today, as you are poised to take on the role of a leader in our school?

Amount:
Each student selected by the review panel will receive a $500 scholarship to be used towards eighth grade tuition at Saint Brigid of Kildare School.

Deadline:
April 23, 2021

 

The Joyce O’Reilly Family Scholarship (Spring 2021)

The Joyce O’Reilly Family Scholarship is available to any Saint Brigid of Kildare School family with three or more children currently attending a Catholic school, grades preschool through college.  The scholarship will be used for the children attending Saint Brigid of Kildare School in grades K-8.

Joyce, the mother of six children, believed in the importance of Catholic education for her children.  In her memory, this scholarship will provide large families holding this same dedication to Catholic education with some assistance with their tuition at Saint Brigid of Kildare School.

Application Requirements:
The application will include a short paragraph about the importance of Catholic education for the applying family.

Amount:
This scholarship is $2,250.

Deadline:
April 23, 2021

 

The Saint Brigid of Kildare School SPiCE Scholarship (Spring 2021)

Families with children who have special learning challenges face many expenses outside of the tuition they pay at Saint Brigid of Kildare School and Religious Education.  Additional expenses might include tutoring, counseling, therapy, specialized medical care, and more.  It is a sacrifice for all families to provide their children with a Catholic education.  Our parish has structured a long-term plan for the sustainability of Catholic education both in our school and in our parish religious education program, incorporating grants, financial aid, and scholarships to aid in tuition costs.

The SPiCE Scholarship Program will be broken down into three main categories intended to recognize individuals from our Parish, School, and Religious Education Program.  Scholarship amount and number awarded will vary annually based on available funds.

A. Children Benefiting from SPiCE: Our children benefiting from SPiCE at Saint Brigid of Kildare School and Religious Education often encounter a number of other expenses outside of tuition in order to address their needs. We hope to offset the cost of tuition/fees so that a Catholic education continues to be attainable. They may apply for a scholarship that will be applied to the upcoming school year’s tuition/fees.

B. Children Modeling the Mission: We are so appreciative of our children who show kindness, embody our mission and model Christ through their acceptance of peers benefitting from SPiCE. Our teachers and Religious Education catechists see this behavior exhibited from children on a daily basis. Teachers and catechists will be submitting nominations on behalf of those children to receive a scholarship towards the upcoming school year’s tuition/fees.

C. SPiCE Supporting Families: Many families support the SPiCE program through their time, talents, and treasures even though they may not have a student that is directly benefiting from the program. In an effort to show our appreciation and gratitude, families will be nominated to receive a scholarship that will be applied towards the upcoming school year’s tuition/fees.

Deadline:
April 23, 2021

 

The Elizabeth Jane Zetzer Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of Elizabeth Jane Zetzer who during her few short hours on earth was loved and adored. Her spirit is kept alive by her parents, Matthew and Colleen, siblings Abigail (Class of 2016) and Brian (Class of 2018), and her beloved Grandparents, Gilbert and Gail Kenehan. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is in our SPICE (Special People in Catholic Education) program. Colleen, one of St. Brigid of Kildare Elementary School’s Intervention Specialist, has spent the last 20 years helping children who have unique learning needs and has helped develop the school’s special needs program. This award honors Elizabeth Jane and allows a child to receive a Catholic Education at St. Brigid of Kildare School, which has been home for the Zetzer family.

Award:
$500

Application Requirements:
The application will have a short essay (250 words) on What does the SPICE program means to me and my family?

Deadline:
April 23, 2021

 

The Babs Pulsfort Memorial Gift of Giving Scholarship

Babs Pulsfort truly embraced the passion of this Parish as a founding and active member until she passed away in January 2020. Her many roles in the parish — even before working here full time — were an example to others to get involved, participate on committees, donate your time, and ultimately work to build this Parish for the next generation.

Babs made so many sacrifices for her family, but in doing so, passed on the core values of giving. One of her favorites sayings was “the gift is in the giving” and “no gift of giving is too small.” We would love to hear from St. Brigid of Kildare students wishing to apply for the scholarship answering the question “What does Giving Mean to Me?” and how this is rooted in our Catholic faith.  This scholarship is open to St. Brigid of Kildare students entering 6-8 in the fall of 2021.

Award:
$1,000

Application Requirements:
The application will have a short essay (250 words) on “What does giving mean to me?”

Deadline:
April 23, 2021


Other Catholic Education Scholarship Opportunities for Saint Brigid of Kildare Parishioners

 

The Crawford-Hoying Foundation Scholarship (Spring 2021)

The Crawford-Hoying Foundation’s mission is to shape the lives of underserved youth across Central Ohio so they can do exceptional things, no matter their circumstances.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to a deserving incoming Bishop Watterson High School student for all four years of high school.

One incoming freshman will be selected by the Crawford-Hoying Foundation Board to receive this annual scholarship.  First preference will be given to students who are members of Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.  Second preference will be given to all other students who demonstrate a need for financial assistance as determined by the governing body of Bishop Watterson High School.  

For more information and to apply, visit www.bishopwatterson.com

 

The Bishop Brennan – Murico Family Scholarship (Spring 2021)

Honoring Bishop Brennan for his generosity to our parish, and supported by the Murico Family (Emily Class of 2003; Stephanie Class of 2004; Natalie Class of 2008), this scholarship honors a student whose core values include service, care for others, and love for the Catholic faith. This scholarship is for one student that is attending a Catholic High School in the Diocese of Columbus.  This scholarship is selected by a committee from the graduating 8th grade class.  There is no application process. 

 

Christine Wilson Memorial Scholarship (Spring 2021)

One scholarship is given to a child in one of the feeder school parishes (except St. Brendan) to pursue a Bishop Watterson education. Nominations are made by school staff; nominated students will be invited to apply for this scholarship in the spring.

 

The Prechtel Family Scholarship (Spring 2021)

The Richard and Nancy Prechtel Scholarship Program was created in memory of the late Richard and Nancy Prechtel. Its purpose is to recognize and award deserving Bishop Watterson students who demonstrate strong Catholic values and appreciate the gift of a catholic education. The funding for this program will be derived by income from endowment, as well as yearly gifts from interested constituents within the Bishop Watterson High School community. The Richard and Nancy Prechtel Scholarship Program is a one year direct tuition grant of $2,000 and is awarded on an annual basis. 

For more information and to apply, visit www.bishopwatterson.com

 

Bishop Watterson High School Incoming Students

There are a variety of additional scholarships available for students who will be enrolled in Bishop Watterson High School. For information about these scholarships, click here.

 

St. Charles Preparatory School Incoming Students

There are a variety of additional scholarships available for students who will be enrolled in St. Charles Preparatory School School. For information about these scholarships, click here.