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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Student Services

Mission: The Children's Scholarship Fund aims to maximize educational opportunity for all children: for those in need by offering tuition assistance in grades K-8 for alternatives to faltering conventional schools, and for all children by supporting and cultivating education reform and parental choice efforts.

Results: Since our inception in 1998, CSF has provided scholarships worth $934 million, changing the lives of more than 191,500 low-income children.

Target demographics: Low-income families with children in grades K-8.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2020-21, CSF and CSF partner programs served more than 23,600 children who used scholarships to attend the private schools their families chose for them.

Geographic areas served: 23 cities and states

Programs: We provide partial tuition assistance for low-income families to send their children to private schools in grades K-8. We focus on the earlier grades to ensure a solid educational foundation. Since our inception, 191,500 children have benefited from our scholarships across the United States as part of our mission to expand choice in education. Currently more than 25,000 children are using CSF scholarships (2021-22 school year). These children are attending the school of their families' choice through the generosity of our donors, the efforts of our partner programs across the country and the sacrifices made by the families themselves, who pay - on average - 50% of their children's tuition.

Community Stories

384 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Definitely a blessing to our family and we are extremely thankful for CSF.
Thank you

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Children's Scholarship Fund is the best nonprofit organization I have ever worked with. They have excellent correspondence and are very patient with the families they work with. They are respond when you reach out to them and have helped my daughter feel comfortable and succeed in her studies without the pressure of being a latch-key child. I am so grateful for the financial assistance and the support I have received since my daughter has been attending the same school since Pre-K and loved to be present during the hybrid school days of the pandemic and is even more excited to go to school full time in person.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children scholarships fund is a great opportunity for those who send their children to private school. We appreciate CSF to help us at this difficult time. My daughter want to go go to private school with the help of CSF fund we able to send her this school . Almamoor is the best private school. We are very happy and she is also very happy and feel comfortable at this school. Once again thank so so much CSF.

Daniel Cortes J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The children's scholarship fund is an extremely generous organization that helps parents in need of financial help. I am very thankful for the assistance that they have provided to me especially during such a difficult time. Thank you CSF!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you so much CSF for helping my child to go to a private school. I greatly appreciate it can’t find a word to describe how helpful it was for my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my son get a great education and they treat you with so much respect and so officiant with all the paper work it’s incredible even during the pandemic they continued giving funds for educating children
Amazing!! Keep it up

dkblowe

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity of enrolling both my children in a Parochial school , and this was made possible by the generous assistance of the Children Scholarship Fund. The Children Scholarship has not only given financial support but also guidance , providing resourceful materials and engaging with parents in their children’s education needs, decision and choices. My oldest child with their constant help has graduated from high school and attending Pace University. I am grateful for their support CSF has given over the
years .and like myself, the many other families who have had this great opportunity. Keep up the great work Children Scholarship Fund.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On behalf of my 6year old daughter Seniah Coppin, I would like to thank you for giving her a scholarship that allow her to access better education. We’re extremely excited to start off the new school year at New Grace Center. Seniah is filled with Love, happiness and stories, she love to sing and dance; but most of all she’s always into learning new things.
Im also ecstatic that Seniah is able to go to this school, it makes me feel like I’m continuing a path I wish I was able to complete. I attended New Grace center as a child. I completed Pre-k and kindergarten but after that had to transfer to the public system due to one stream of income. I’m not sure if it was because my father was a widower or if there was other reasons behind it, but I’m sure he tried his best.
Well thanks to this scholarship my daughter is able to take this path and become successful doing so! Thank you so much for accepting my daughter wants and providing her with everything she needs. Im so happy, Seniah is happy and this school, next year and the next will be nothing less than a blessing!
Thank you Children Scholarship Fund for everything

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi,

The Children's Scholarship Fund has been a life saver for our family.
We have a large famliy and want to educate our children specifically in private schools.
Without the help of the CSF, we do not know how we would do it.
We are very thankful for this fund.

Lerner Family

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really think this a way to help families out in our society and try to be all equal by sharing with the others I really apréciate all the donors and who are Involve in order this happening keep doing this and helping more families my son is getting a good education thank you for existing and being able to help God may bless you all

Client Served

Rating: 5

Childrens' Schloarship Fund was a Godsend. We are so thankful for their generous support. Because of this opportunity my child has access to a higher quality of education, while deepening her relationship with God. She looks forward to participating in community service projects at her school. These projects help shape her into a person she is proud of. She wants to be able to help others, like this schloarship has helped her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family is so grateful to this amazing organization for giving us the ability to choose how our two children are educated. It’s so special to have a say in such a crucial part of our child’s life, and when we get financial help to pick a school that’s exactly what we get. Children scholarship fund is great to work with and such a great cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So incredibly helpful and kind!! Have made a huge difference to our child. We can't thank them enough!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m so thankful to the Children’s Scholarship Fund for their generous help. Unlike other funds, The application process is very simple and quick. the processing time is very short and most importantly the funds we needed so much came through!

Louisa J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best.. I never knew working hard mother like me can have two kids in different private school. Thank God for children's scholarship fund make it possible, great education for your kids
Trust and believe they will help you

Client Served

Rating: 5

Education is of paramount importance to us. The Children's Scholarship Fund helped us in our time of need by granting my daughter a sizeable tuition grant.

We are truly grateful for their help and hope that they continue their great work for many years to come!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Children's Scholarship Fund has enabled us to send our daughter to a truly wonderful school. Theyir initial application process and subsequent renewals have been straightforward and simple. Our school has been able to easily apply the scholarship toward our monthly tuition and we are really grateful to be working with CSF.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The Children's Scholarship Fund has provided such wonderful experiences for myself and my son. This organization has allowed me to continuously offer a decent education to my son. Thank you CSF!!!

Abu M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really appreciate their great work to keep our kids in a great educational environment. Keep it up. Thanks

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best thing happened to my family with regard to education. It is really a big help and support that we deeply appreciate and we value their great efforts. Thanks a lot and keep the good work up.
Fadel’s family

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Applied for Children Scholarship Fund is the best thing that happened to my children, without that scholarship my children would not have been able to go to a Catholic school and have an education based on the Catholic faith and good habits, especially that school they go to,( Blessed Sacrament Catholic Academy) because everyone is like a family and the teachers are like their parents outside the home. I am very grateful to those good people who help those who need it, without them it would not be possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living in New York City is challenging on many levels, and as a parent navigating the highly segregated school system is even more challenging. Every parent wants their child to receive the best education possible, and thanks to the Children's Scholarship Fund we have the opportunity to do just that. My family is extremely grateful for the care and support given to my daughter!

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSF has been a Godsend. I am the only parent working at this time and CSF was there to help me with my children tuition. If it want for them,I wouldn’t know what school my children would have attended. Their tuition award help my children get the education they deserve. They are fair and honest in assisting you and would go
out of their way to help you. I would recommend any parent who needs assistance to apply. You won’t regretted.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the Children's Scholarship Fund they have made it possible for my daughter to go to a private school where she is currently thriving.

Dominique K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don’t even know how to express how I feel about this nonprofit. Honestly I am truly thankful for the Children’s Scholarship Fund. Without this I wouldn’t be able to afford to send my daughter to a school that would push her to excel in the right way. It’s been a true blessing to have support where I need it the most. I hope that at some point in the future that more families can get the help they need. I hope that this review will give another parent the hope that they need to trust in non-profit

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly thankful for the opportunities the Children’s Scholarship Fund has offered my family & I. The application process is extremely simple and there’s always someone available if assistance is needed. My daughter has benefited from this fund for 4 years now & I’m grateful for the education she is receiving with the help from this amazing organization. Extremely grateful & looking forward to adding another addition to the Children’s Scholarship Fund really soon!

Daria D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Single mother of 2 kids I still want to give my little ones the best education and environment I can. I am indefinitely grateful to Children's Scholarship Fund for helping me to achieve this.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

How wonderful that Children’s Scholarship Fund is so welcoming and effective!!! Our family is grateful for opportunity to study at one of best schools for affordable price all thanks to the fund. Even though the application was during Isolation in 2020 representatives of the fund took care of our application in timely matter. We wish them all the best!

Maria M.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

With your help of Children's Scholarship Fund, I could keep my son to a great private school for 4 years consecutive.

Thank you and really appreciate the great help

Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a family that is very involved in non for profit organizations and helping others, and words can not do justice to the tremendous assistance CSF does for us.
We thank them not just for helping us, but also for allowing us to continue to volunteer and help others.
Without their generous scholarship, we would need to work much more to afford to pay full tuition for our children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Children's Scholarship Fund has really helped us send our son to school this year and their help is immeasurable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for giving us the gift that lasts a lifetime! We are incredibly grateful for your help in giving our daughter quality education in an environment she is thriving in!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so great full to CSF. I don’t know what I would have done without their help with tuition this year. They truly don’t know what help they have been for me and my daughter. Thank you CSF for our 2021 scholarship for my daughter. We wouldn’t have been able to continue with out it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I'm Mimi from Cameroon I'm a widow with 3 kids we're homeless and internally displaced in bamenda
The anglophone crisis is getting worst by day please help me and my kids we're in need of food shelter and clothing and education for my kids please help me in any way you can.
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$1 will safe a soul
Please help me

Bank account number: 004009001121
UBA Bank
Country: Cameroon
City: Bamenda
Name: Rugaiyatou Ubale

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Dear sir/ madam
Greetings into you over there.
Am hoping this message Will find you well and good over there here in the pearl of Africa Uganda we are trying on am writting to you as a care taker of a community bassed project from Uganda wakiso district a girls home project. We care for girls from streets and those who have lost their parents and have no way to live in this case we come in to provide a home for them and also to encourage them to have a New life and start school. However as a project there is need to ask or quest to have extra volunteers and helpers of all we are a christian bassed community organisation i Will be glade for your kindly help and response to us am also here to answer towards more questionnaires and information that may be for your side to know i remain yours faithfully Byarugaba William care taker Uganda +256704014084 whats up also may God bless you back
Amen

Sent from my iPhone

Client Served

Rating: 5

The CSF is truly dedicated and passionate about their sincere efforts in helping fund the education of students of families that are unable to meet the financial demands of a high-quality education. The humble and selfless mission of its founders, Ted Forstmann and John Walton, has made CSF the bridge that connects low income families across America with the resources needed to making this dream an appreciated reality.

Thank God for CSF!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The children scholarship funds gave me the opportunity to help my daughter get a better education. With the interruptions of regular school schedule cause by the COVID-19 pandemic; I was grateful for the scholarship to keep my daughter in a private school setting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with this Scholarship has been excellent, I have with them for 3 years and we received a very good support for my son. The phone assistants are friendly and helpful. I am very grateful to them!!! God always bless you to keep making a difference

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful, feel good organization. They provide families with funds to keep their children in the Catholic School system when their local public schools present so many challenges, especially now with Covid restrictions. Catholic Schools have statistically produced more active citizens than any other educational institution. This is particularly important for those in the lower economic group. Their sensitivity to the financial needs of families is something I have witnessed first hand. If you are looking for a way to make an impact in a child's life that will last a lifetime. This is a great way to do it.

Sammybravo

Client Served

Rating: 5

Children Scholarship Fund is an exceptional program afforded to needed families who wished to send their children to private school. My child happens to be a recipient of the scholarship, she is progressing nicely. and is enjoying the school she attends. I am very pleased with Children Scholarship Fund, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone in need of their help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My child Nylah is a recipient of a scholarship from Children Scholarship Fund, this fund plays an essential role in her education by providing financial assistance for her to obtain a well-rounded education. I am forever grateful to the donors, for the opportunity they have given to my daughter. Children Scholarship Fund is a great help to families who need help to educate their children. Thanks you and much blessings to all its donors!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter was in the public school and started showing signs of not wanting to go. We couldn’t figure out why and came to find out that the environment she was in was too overwhelming. We lost sleep over knowing she was struggling and that we couldn’t afford to send her to catholic school which is something we always wanted to do. With that I called St. James The Apostle School in Carmel. They brought it to my attention that I could apply for different scholarships to help pay for the tuition. With the help of the wonderful staff at the school and the wonderful scholarships we were able to send our daughter. This has changed her life!! The minute she stepped into the school she was relieved and so were we! Not only are the teachers and staff amazing but so is the fact that they can also go to church and pray. We now have two daughters in St. James The Apostle School and are so grateful to everyone that made this dream come true!!!!! Thank you!!!!
The Gattucci Family

Anastasia C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great scholarship fund that has allowed my child to receive a great education. I recommend this scholarship to any low income family

Diana H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very nice people! Help us a lot! Very organized! Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am really thankful for CFS Scholarship because of them families like mine are able to send there children to get the education they deserve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can happily say if it wasn’t for CSF I would not be able to afford private school for my daughter especially this year because of the pandemic. I’m forever great full for Children Scholarship Fund.

SisterEliHomes

Client Served

Rating: 5

When the NYc DOE refused to admit they messed up in processing my daughter’s kindergarten application due to my legal situation creating our homeless situation complicated because of PATH and NYcHA not knowing each other’s policies. CSF NY scholarship made her attending an Islamic school that supported her special needs and spiritual needs possible. #SchoolChoice when the system fails you multiple ways!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Children’s scholarship fund was an answer to my prayers. The staff is friendly, helpful, and empathetic. My concerns about public school not addressing my child’s needs nor being responsive to calls were the reason I sought a scholarship to help afford a private school. The staff and board’s professionalism when answering the phones and listening to my entire situation is what made me comfortable with my decision!

Dana R.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSF is a great nonprofit that has helped my children receive excellent education at St. Mary’s School. I would not be able to afford to keep them in this school, if it wasn’t for the financial aid I receive from CSF. Thank you for taking care of all these children

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Children’s scholarship fund gave me the opportunity to have my son in my dream school for him. I really register my son by faith because My financial situation wasn’t enough but they really help me and i am so grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a 27 year old father of 3 childrenI I am so grateful for the support we have received from CSF. Before they were attending a public school in a very poor neighborhood and their education was suffering. My dream has come true! They are now receiving the best Catholic education possible. Their lives are transforming due to CSF. Thank you and thank God. Melvyn Cruz

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very happy with my experience with the scholarship fund . The process is thorough and clear. They were also patient with me when documents were delayed. Most importantly the fill an important void helping my child get the education she needs . She is blossoming in her new school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

You guys are the best , they help
Me a lot with my daughter scholarship.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hola
Primero dar gracias a Mi Dios por estar presente en cada momento de nuestras vidas ! Guiándonos
en realidad yo no tengo palabras exactas para terminar de agradecer a ustedes children’s Scholarship Fund Han estado en todo momento desde que decidí inscribir a mi hija en la escuela católica . Y más en el momento que yo más lo necesito que es la educación de mi hija y muy pronto mi segundo hijo que en el 2021 ingresa a su nueva etapa escolar . Agradecida siempre yo soy una mamá sola mi hija ha estado sola sin su papá desde los 4 años y hace 4 meses su papá falleció . Agradezco infinita mente por ayudarme con un porcentaje en la escuela para mi hija. Ella valora mucho todo esto y pone todo su dedicación para ser mérito cada día . Las cosas no han sido fáciles para mi y menos en esta situación de pandemia pero de todo corazón les agradezco su ayuda a todas las personas que hacen posible que muchos niños tengan esta gran oportunidad.
Gracias una vez más y espero mi hija siga recibiendo este gran apoyo
Mil gracias

Sinceramente
Josefa Mendoza

Youssef K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m very honest, without this nonprofit association my kids never can grew up with full respect and excellence knowledge. I thank you so much for your support

Mariysa Millionairess P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They've been great to my children and myself. I am thankful for there humanitarian efforts for helping families give their children excellent schooling options and education experiences. A job well done.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were struggling to meet the expenses to afford our child quality education and we reached out to Children's scholarship fund. They treated us compassionately and helped us through the scholarship application process and attain a scholarship which makes our child's education bills more affordable. I am greatly thankful to Children's Scholarship fund for coming through in a tough situation.

Diana M.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

thanks to the children scholarship fund not only my daughter but hundreds of kids have the opportunity to get a quality education. they help the families like mine since sometimes even working hard is not enough. thank you to all of you... and God bless you

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’m so happy and Grateful with the help I get for my son Eliel there k word to express thank you so much

Client Served

Rating: 5

The childrens-scholarship-fund is like my greatest dream come true because I always wanted to have my children in catholic school. If I wouldn’t have it I would’n be able to afford having them in it. Even though I really can’t pay it, but I do my greatest effort to make those monthly payments cutting here and there. All in all without the Children Scholarship Funds, I wouldn’t be able to afford Catholic School. I will bring my gratitude to Heaven, thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a great org. That is helping many students who wants Catholic education.
I am very happy that they helped me to go to Catholic school.
God Bless This Org.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Is thank you to this organization that my child can assist to a private school, their financial assist a lot of families to have access to private schools.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without CSF I wouldn’t be able to pay for the cost of sending my child to a school that; improved her educational abilities tremendously and works well with the hours I need in order for me to work. I am grateful for CSF helping my family. Thank You CSF!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great help during this pandemic these are hard times you guys help so much very thankful to have you found my child.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Children’s Scholarship Fund has help my family so much without them we wouldn’t have been able to keep our kids in catholic school. We are thankful for them every day for give our children this opportunity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the generous support and help of this fund my grandchildren would not be afforded the opportunity to be able to attend the Catholic School that they are in and be able to get the quality education that they are getting.This scholarship works with every family situation to get the best possible funding for you. Again my family is forever grateful for the generosity of all the donors that make all of this possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best. My family has benefited is is still benefiting from this non profit program. With the little funds we had we were not able to send our son to a great Catholic school. This scholarship has given my son the opportunity to get a great education while we pay the little we can afford.

Shonnette S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank to the children scholarship fund all four of my kids attended private school. Without the scholarship I would not be able to pay the tuition.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were responsive & helpful. I heard about them through a friend of mine.