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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Education offers hope. We believe that all children, regardless of their economic circumstances, deserve access to quality educational opportunities. We believe that parents should have an opportunity to choose the best school for their children. We believe that with choice comes a sense of ownership and involvement. The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, Inc. is committed to offering educational choices to low-income families through privately funded scholarships.

Results: NOSF has awarded $13.8 million in scholarships to 16,000 students since 1999. NOSF graduates have a 100% high school graduation rate.

Target demographics: children receive an education that best meets their needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 730 students attend a private school or be homeschooled

Geographic areas served: In 19 counties Northwest Ohio

Programs: Funds are raised to provide tuition assistance to elementary students in Northwest ohio working with the Childrens Scholarship Fund. Recipients are selected randomly and aid is need based. Students must reside in Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood or Wyandot Counties.

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are very friendly and helpful. Without NOSF I wouldn't have been able to send my child to the private school that he loves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the scholarship my niece receives from Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund there would be no way to afford her education. This is life changing for her and SOOO very much appreciated. I am beyond thankful for what is received... She comes out of school everyday smiling .. and is getting straight A's !! # grateful #thankful # blessed

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter would not be able to attend a private school without this scholarship! I am so thankful for the money shared for people like us to attend our school of choice. She is enjoying her first year of kindergarten in a class of 12! I am so thankful!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the years NOSF has enabled students who did not qualify for the EdChoice scholarship and could not afford a Catholic/private education to attend our school. Without this financial help so many young people would not have entered our doors of education. They would not have behave missed this chance to grow and succeed in our school environment. We would have missed the blessing they were/are to our school. NOSF works tirelessly to make sure there are funds to cover the cost of a solid education for those who reach out and ask for the help. NOSF has been a true blessing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love the mission of NOSF! Empowering families to make the best educational choices for their children.

Mary Beth K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In these economically challenging times, parents find it hard to put dinner on the table and choose the school of their choice. The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund puts hope back in the equation. I wish the staff there could witness the excitement on the parents faces when I inform them they have been selected for a scholarship. At St. Charles we are equally excited to have the opportunity to offer this scholarship to our families. Thanks for all you do and to all who contribute!
Mary Beth Krumel
St. Charles Catholic School/Lima, OH

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for NOSF. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to afford the curriculum that best fits our children’s educational needs. The scholarship has made homeschooling so much easier. We also are thankful for other benefits they offer- like discounts to Fort Meigs, or occasional tickets to Mud Hens games or Imagination Station. We are so blessed to have NOSF for our community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school greatly appreciates the work of the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. We have several students each year who are awarded scholarships. Ann Riddle and her staff are knowledgeable and great to work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to NOSF my daughters can continue at a small private school near home. I am given the peace of mind that they are in a nurturing environment with high academic standards. Thank you NOSF.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a private school principal, I am very grateful for the work that is done by the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. They provide scholarships for a number of our students who may not be able to afford our tuition otherwise. The director, Ann Riddle, is such an enthusiastic professional who works so hard to make these opportunities available. I can't say enough positive things about this amazing nonprofit!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My children and I have been served by NWOSF for over eight years. I am a full-time working single mother, and the scholarship I receive helps offset the cost of sending my kids to a private Catholic education. Their willingness to work with me to help give my children the education they deserve has been such a blessing! I can't say enough about their director, Ann. She always makes herself readily available to answer any questions I have. Wonderful work to the whole team!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NOSF is doing wonderful things to help families afford an education that would not necessarily be able to afford. They believe in their mission of Growing Minds and Creating Futures.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful that my children can go to a school that teaches values and is Christ centered. We are not a"poor" family, but we are working class and I am primarily an at home mom because I feel that is important. It is so nice that there is something out there for those of us that don't qualify for government aid, but still can't really afford to send our kids to a tuition based school. Many thanks for their support.

Erin S.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many blessings thanks to the Northwest Ohio Scholarship fund for helping to be able to send our children to Catholic school. We are very greatful for the opportunities they provide.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow, NOSF has been such a blessing to our family over the last 7 years, supporting our efforts to send our children to a Christian school. We are thankful for the way they are involved in the community and desire to make our area even better by supporting families as they work to give their children the best education possible. And they go above and beyond by offering the students and families they serve with resources and opportunities and communicate those well with frequent updates. We are thankful for the help they have given our family over the years!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund! The team is so friendly and wonderful to work with. This scholarship has provided my family a way to help in aiding our decision to homeschool our kids. We are truly thankful!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NOSF has provided wonderful scholarship opportunities for many of our students. They are making dreams come true for families that have no other hope of sending their child to a private school. Many of our students have benefited from NOSF scholarships for both Homeschool and On-Campus families. Thank you NOSF for caring about our students! Admissions Director for Mansfield Christian School

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the scholarship! They have allowed us to send our daughter to a local Christian School, where otherwise we would not be able to afford the tuition. I'm so happy to know that she is getting a biblically based curriculum, and is being taught by men and women who not only encourage her but pray for her! Thank you NOSF!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ann Riddle and the staff at NOSF are second to none. We're honored to be a scholarship recipient and ensure that our children receive a faith-based education. America is great because "In God We Trust," and we need God more and more in our society. Children need to know that there is hope. This scholarship gives our kids the best shot at being future leaders of their communities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NOSF made it possible to afford to send my nephew to a catholic school. He has ADHD and needed a smaller environment with more one on one attention. He went from a “D” student to a “B” student! Thanks for helping me make the right decision for my nephew!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This scholarship has made it possible for me to send my daughter to a catholic school, where I know that she will get a faith based education. Thank you for being a great organization.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked at NOSF for 7 months now as the Communications and Development Director. NOSF is a wonderful organization that truly makes a difference in families lives. The ability for a family to be able to choose the education that fiits their family is truly a blessing for them. Working with Ann Riddle the Executive Director is such a positive experience. The wonderful work she is doing to make a difference for these families is remarkable. Northwest Ohio is so fortunate to have NOSF serving 19 counties and 67 schools in the program this year. The success of such a program would not be possible without Ann and the supportive Board Members she has making a difference in growing minds and creating futures.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our have family is so blessed by the assistance we receive from Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. Our daughter would not have been able to continue on in the private school she attends without this scholarship. This organization is allowing her to continue receiving a top-notch education in a faith-based environment. We are so thankful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has appreciated the investment NWOSF provides for our family and families like ours, making it possible to send our children to an excellent school. They have a real heart for the community and do an excellent job of bringing so many together! We've been impressed by their communication and engagement in NW Ohio activities! So thankful for all that they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NOSF has made an education dream come true for my child. Their application process was simple, and notification was made promptly when expected.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They seem extremely interested in ensuring the highest education possible for our children. Very informative, always keeping you up to date with what is going on with the organization.

Kelley12

Client Served

Rating: 4

I applied for this scholarship for my daughter in the spring, and it was a blessing that we were accepted. I was struggling with how I was going to be able to afford for her to continue at the school.. but she loved it so much the previous year.. this is a wonderful program !!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Find Inc made it extremely easy to apply and the scholarship we received helped us to continue to be able to participate in the Mansfield Christian Independent Studies Program. I also like the newsletters they send out which makes me feel like we are part of their extended family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a LIAL elementary alum, I knew what a private education could mean foundationally for students. Even though our public schools were rated well, we knew there was more to elementary and middle school educational success than strictly academic assessments and ratings. NOSF was instrumental in first opening the door to an alternative educational experience for our children, when we didn't think we had such incredible options. Ann has been a pleasure to work with all along, and NOSF has been amazing. My kids have flourished as students at Toledo Christian School, where spiritual formation and a classic curriculum are offered, and our family benefits in ways that cannot be measured. We emphasize our appreciation and heartfelt thanks for all who are involved in making this same scenario possible for so many families at TCS and other private and parochial schools.

Sandy108

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for helping us send our child to a great school!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you NOSF! Because of this scholarship, we were able to sent our child to a chatholic school. Please continue this wonderful scholarship fund.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What NOSF provides is life altering. Being able to be assisted just to get to the top of the mountain is such a relief. They are with you all the way until you reach the peak. NOSF is truly a miracle. Our family has benefited greatly from NOSF and the childrens lives have been enhanced because NOSF paved the way for them to continue their education at a private Islamic school. We owe a debt of gratitude to NOSF.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ann Riddle and the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund are absolutely fantastic! They are timely, they do what they say they will, and last but not least, they allow our children to gain a wonderful Catholic Education that we truly appreciate! I say 10 Stars for sure!

Client Served

Rating: 5

NOSF is the reason why I am able to continue my daughter's Catholic education. I am so grateful for their help when I was in dire need. It is such a great organization dedicated to our individual needs as greatly as needs of our community as a whole.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NOSF is awesome! They have been so helpful and easy to work with. They really want to enable kids to have the best opportunities!

Former staff

Rating: 5

My experience with NOSF has been truly life changing. The executive director and board work tirelessly to improve education opportunities and choice for the underserved children of Northwest Ohio. NOSF is an amazing organization that is changing our community one child at a time. I am fortunate that I had the privilege to work with such an amazing organization. Thank you NOSF and continue to improve the lives of Northwest Ohio's kids!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have helped families in need and are quick and attentive to assist in any way possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

NOSF is a terrific organization that is offering families a chance to choose the schools that best fit their children's needs. This can be a real game-changer for students and puts them on the path to success!

Client Served

Rating: 5

NOSF help my son dreams come true by helping us send him to the school of his dreams.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful for the wonderful scholarship from NOSF! They made the process so easy and it has greatly impacted our family.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so glad and very grateful that NOSF has extended beyond the original boundaries./counties. I know the recipient families are grateful also.
What a blessing to help provide an excellent, faith-filled education to deserving children!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great non-profit! We are soooo grateful for what they do to advance the opportunity for a better education for the kids in northwest Ohio! Simply the best!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This scholarship has made it possible for my son to go a catholic school. I am very grateful for this program and hope this program continues in the future.Thanks for making my sons education possible!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

NOSF has made it possible for our family to attend the school of our choice. It's a blessing that gets recognized everyday! We would like to say thank you to this wonderful organization and it's generous supporters.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NOSF has been a huge support to our family over the last 3 years. We are thankful for their investment in our and many other families' lives through their very generous work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NOSF is truly a wonderful organization that benefits the future of our world! I interned over the summer and saw just how meaningful NOSF is to our community. I am proud to be a part of the NOSF family and plan to spread the word of NOSF and just how important educational choices are to children and families! Thank you, NOSF!!

Kaley L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern at NOSF a few summers ago and it was a rewarding experience. I witnessed first had how the passion, love and dedication of the staff and board directly changed the lives of children and families in the northwest Ohio area. NOSF works to give families a choice not only about their kid's school, but gives them a choice about their children's future. NOSF is truly changing the community one child at a time. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NWOSF benefits our community, our families and our schools! A scholarship from NWOSF makes it possible for families to send their children to the private school of their choice.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NWOSF is making it possible for families to choose the best school for their children. NWOSF is a blessing to both families and schools. They are wonderful to work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So much more than just a scholarship for our daughter, Maribel! We are so grateful to have the privilege of sending our daughter to a private school & could not make that possible without Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. NWOSF also keeps in touch throughout the year through newsletters & emails. It lets us know that they are striving for excellence for the children, it feels great to have such a wonderful organization by our side!

Holly53

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a single income family who wants the best education possible for the children, just like other parents. We are in our 3rd year of being a scholarship family. The first 2 years our child attended a private school with the scholarship and this year we are homeschooling two of our children using the scholarship fund, what a blessing in our family's lives this great organization has been! Some day we hope to be in a position to give back to them, some of what they have given for us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you NWOSF for helping many of our families who attend our school the funds to make a private education accessible to them. The staff is amazing and caring. NW Ohio is blessed to have such a great organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund has helped numerous families in our school financially and has afforded them the opportunity to attend our school. I have had mothers come in with tears of joy because they received the scholarship for their children. This is a great organization that helps so many!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not be more appreciative than I am right now for the amazing individuals at NOSF. This is the first year that I was able to qualify for the scholarship for my daughter. NOSF afforded her the opportunity to continue her education at a school that she and I have grown to love while offering me some financial relief. The staff was so professional yet personable. They were very knowledgeable and helpful. They made me feel like no one else mattered but me. It's easy to treat people that way when they are coming to give you money, but I was coming to ask for money and they still treated me the same. There gift was truly a blessing to my family. Thank you NOSF. Please continue the good work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

You all are amazing! You have helped my children tremendously !!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been blessed by NOSF, this organization has supported us with the tools to provide our children with a Catholic education, an education that was out of reach for us financially. We will forever be grateful for the opportunity and look forward to a time we can give back to NOSF.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and Board member since NOSF's inception in 1998. I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous impact that parental choice in education can have on the life of a student. Parents of all financial means deserve a chance at that kind of choice. NOSF provides it better than any organization I have seen. A quality education does more to empower a person than almost any other experience. What better way to bring hope for the future than to provide a student with that gift. NOSF is a living example of Margaret Mead's axiom; "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization since its inception. Thousands of families have been helped. As an educator, I know how important parental involvement is. This program partners with the parent and keeps the parent in the loop. Students in this program succeed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has made such a difference in the enrollment at our school. Most of the children who receive these scholarships would not be able to attend our school if it weren't for NWOSF. They have been a lifeline to countless individuals who want to pursue a private Catholic Education. Thank you NWOSF for your support and committment to education.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the principal of a Catholic school, I am so grateful for the good work done by NWOSF. This wonderful organization helps parents who would like to have more options for their child's education, but may not have the financial means. I am so thankful for all the donors who make these scholarships possible and for the amazing work done by the scholarship office!

Cara R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children are recipients of the NWOSF scholarships and we couldn't be more grateful for them! The scholarships allow us to provide our children a private education at some excellent schools. NWOSF keeps in close contact with the recipients through email, newsletters and social media. It's an excellent charity and we're proud to be a part of it!

Kristen28

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the assistance provided through the generous donors to the NOSF, I would not have been able to send my son to his present school. It is a joy to see how successful my child is doing, he really needed the extra's this private school offers. The scholarship is a gift, I thank God for it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have four children and have always been committed to Catholic Education K-8 and High School.
Both my wife and I have worked in Catholic Education and currently my wife teaches 2nd Grade at a Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of Toledo. I work for a Catholic charity - Little Sisters of the Poor. We both try and live our lives so as to make a difference in helping others.

The NW Ohio Scholarship Fund has made it possible for us to send our 4 children through Catholic Schools. Without the assistance received, we could never have afforded the wonderful educations they have received.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so blessed to be able to send my children to a private school. I would not be able to do this without the help of NOSF. The children really like going to this school and I feel that they are getting a great Christian education. Ann Riddle is always ready to answer any questions that I have had.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 4th grade teacher at a local catholic school in the Toledo area. I love every minute of what I do. Sending my children to private catholic school is very tricky on my income. NWOSF has given our family the opportunity to send our children to great schools where they receive a great education with a faith based background. NWOSF makes everything very simple on the families. We are very thankful for the opportunity the organization provides our family because without it my children would not be where they are now. Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is an incredible organization helping so many children all over northwest Ohio. When I was younger, I attended a 2 catholic schools in the Toledo area and I personally knew a classmate and friend that benefited from NOSF's hard work and determination to give her a private education. I know I wouldn't be the person I am today without the lessons and values I leaned through my private education, and I know my friend feels the same. Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is a great cause because it is working to give children the chance at the education they deserve to provide them a better future. My future is brighter because of the opportunities I had attending a private school, and when I have the financial stability, I am going to support Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund to give students the opportunities that I had.