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Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund celebrates 20 years of scholarships

SYLVANIA, September 21, 2018: The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund (NOSF) is celebrating twenty years of providing educational choices through need-based scholarships for K-8 students to use for private schools or for homeschool expenses. 

 

NOSF has awarded over 15,400 scholarships totaling $13.2 million to students in Northwest Ohio since the 1999-2000 school year. 

In early 1998, a group of local philanthropists started the program under the direction of Sister Janet Doyle, Superintendent of Catholic School of the Diocese of Toledo. The purpose of the program was two-fold: make private education accessible to families while strengthening inner city schools through increased, stable enrollment.

At the same time, the Children’s Scholarship Fund in New York was implementing a program that would offer 40,000 K-8 scholarships for private schools worth almost $200 million to low-income families across the United States. NOSF was successful in securing a partnership with CSF and in the fall of 1999, awarded 817 scholarships worth $553,800 to students from Lucas, Wood, and Fulton Counties.  CSF has provided $4.5 million in matching funds for NOSF scholarships since that time.

This school year, NOSF has awarded 750 scholarships for children to attend 72 different private schools in 16 counties.  The average scholarship award is $1,088. 

In order to qualify for these scholarships, students have to reside in Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood or Wyandot County and meet the income eligibility guidelines set by CSF. 

NOSF alumni are grateful for the scholarship and the opportunities that come with it. Alum, Kristine Below, graduated from St. Jerome Catholic School in 2009 and said of her experience, “the school taught me how to study as well as provide the motivation for doing well.”  Ms. Below has since graduated from the Ohio State University and is working as a Neurophysiology Technologist at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

 

 
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