The Roman Catholic Church and its legions of organisations around the globe make Catholic education possible at every level. Roman Catholics enjoy the advantage of the generosity of Catholic religious orders, including the Jesuits and the Lasallians, and Catholic organisations like the Knights of Columbus and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. All groups offering Catholic scholarships represent the Roman Catholic Church's historical commitment to exemplary education for its members.
Fordham University in New York offers Jesuit scholarship opportunities from the school's resources. Fordham awards its Presidential, Jesuit and Semifinalist scholarships to high school graduates in the top 1 per cent of their graduating high school class. Fordham Jesuit scholarship winners must be Jesuit high school graduates. Presidential and Jesuit recipients receive four-year scholarships, which include room and board. Fordham University scholarship recipients must enrol full time and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students renew by completing the FAFSA financial aid forms annually.
The Lasallian Education Fund builds upon the vision of education by its founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, as a means of breaking through the limits of poverty and of liberating the human spirit. The LEF maintains a scholarship fund for low-income families whose children attend West Coast Lasallian schools. It also offers international scholarships for children attending the "poorest Lasallian institutions in the world," according to its website.
Knights of Columbus Scholarships
The Knights of Columbus formed with the expressed purpose to provide financial aid to its members and families. It identifies itself as a social and intellectual fellowship with charitable, educational and war relief financial resources, to name only a few examples. According to the Knights of Columbus Supreme website, it awarded more than £1.0 million to 673 students seeking bachelor's degrees and to seminarians throughout North America and the Philippines in the 2009-2010 academic year. Knights scholarships include but are not limited to, Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships in the United States and Canada. The organisation also awards fellowships to Catholic University of America and a long list of additional program scholarships.
First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Scholarships
The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association helps people of Slovak descent navigate life insurance issues. The FCSLA has operated for more than 100 years and has branches in 47 states. Active in Roman Catholic education, the FCSLA provides graduate-level, college, high school and elementary school education scholarships to members' children. Eligible candidates have been FCSLA members for at least three years before applying for a scholarship. The FCSLA awards college and scholarships based primarily on academic achievement, followed by factors including, but not limited to, financial need and leadership qualities.
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