Sharpen those pencils! The deadline for applying to receive CCSTA Endowment Funding for the 2013-2014 school year is nearly here.
Applications for receiving the tuition assistance will be accepted until March 31.
Established through CCSTA seven years ago, the Endowment Fund is in place to help elementary and secondary school students attending Canadian Catholic schools which receive little or no funding. The Fund contributes specifically to tuition costs, distributing such funds to students annually.
Each year, the number of applications and amount requested grows, showcasing the need for such a program. Requests for tuition assistance typically exceed the amount of money that is available. In fact, since 2006 CCSTA has received student requests amounting to more than $421,000.
John Stunt, executive director of CCSTA, encourages trustees, principals and parents to boost a student or family in need by helping bring awareness to the Fund and the application process.
“Money distributed from the Endowment Fund can really make a difference in providing Catholic education to those in need,” Stunt said.
After the application deadline of March 31, the Endowment Fund Committee decides where the money will be allotted. The committee, which operates at arms-length from the Board of Directors, reviews all the applications and makes its choices in May. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by the beginning of June. Funds are then distributed by the committee, with the money being sent directly to the Catholic school in September. The committee is comprised of four members hailing from provinces with full funding.
Begin by downloading the application form from this site through this link. The simple form involves filling out basic school and student information, including the total tuition cost and the amount requested in the application. The signature of the school’s principal is also required.
An application letter is a necessity. The Endowment Fund Committee wants to know the story behind each application. The accompanying letter should outline the motivation for the funding request. Please limit the letter to one or two pages, with a maximum of 600 words.
Executive Director, CCSTA Catholic Education Centre
570 West Hunt Club Road
If any further questions arise, or clarification on the process is needed, please call 613-224-4455, ext. 2521 or email the above address.