Mission: SFIC provides children in need with the opportunity to receive a high quality, values-based education in a nurturing and safe environment. The Fund provides partial-tuition scholarships to economically disadvantaged children attending private and parochial schools within Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties. Scholarship awards are based upon need without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.
Results: Originally founded in 1983 by Archbishop Peter L. Gerety as the Fund for Educational Advancement, the fund has impacted the lives of thousands of inner-city children enabling them to attend private and parochial schools. Most recipients are African-American or Hispanic children attending inner-city schools. These scholarships are intended to provide them with the tools for independence and success.
In 1999 a partnership was created with the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) a national organization which has increased the number of scholarships significantly. With matching funds provided by CSF, scholarship programs expanded in Newark, Jersey City and Elizabeth with dramatic results.
Under the direction of the SFIC Board of Trustees and the Executive Director the fund has been able to provide over 45,000 students with over $35,000,000 in partial tuition scholarships. SFIC General Fund Scholarships are $1,000. CSF scholarships range from 25% to 75% of the tuition up to a maximum of $2,500 per student.
For the 2013-2014 academic year SFIC supported over 2,200 students with $2.6 million in tuition assistance.
Target demographics: low income families and students
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,900 applicants with partial tuition scholarships totalling over $2 Million.
Geographic areas served: the inner city ares of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties
Programs: 1. The SFIC General Scholarship Program
2. The Children's Scholarship Program
3. Donor Designated Scholarship Program
This is the real deal. We are not millionaire philanthropists so our charity decisions are important. I look forward to giving to SFIC every year. The kids are great and I trust the leadership. You will see good you do right before your eyes.
Without question this is money well spent. These young people get a quality education. By the time they get to high school, 100% graduate and almost all go on to college. Money here makes a real difference in real lives.
This charity has far exceeded my expectations. It was through SFIC that my son became eligible for a full scholarship to Villanova University! We applied, and yes, he did receive it. He is now entering his senior year at Queen of Peace HS and looking forward to going to Villanova next fall. Thank You so much! -Kurt H. Mathews
My sons were given an amazing opportunity to attend Catholic grammar and high Schools. My oldest son is attending NJIT with mechanical engineer major which I believe was strongly influenced by his Catholic education. My younger son is attending Christ the King as a freshman, and we are so pleased with his decision to attend this school. The opportunities he has been given already are amazing!
As an employee, I am proud to work for The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children. I am a product of growing up in a low-income inner-city environment so I am familiar with the struggles these families go through. I also know the impact that one small opportunity like this can mean to an inner-city child! If my mother would have had the financial wherewithal, and the assistance from an organization like SFIC, she would have sent me to the local Catholic school where I grew up in El Barrio.
Providing students with the opportunities they would not be able to afford otherwise is a blessing to these families. The parents pray for the ability to give their children that chance that they did not have. With a partial tuition scholarship from SFIC, many are getting that opportunity to succeed.