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.