The Welcome Scholarship fund is a new program open to any student not previously enrolled in a Catholic school of the Saginaw Diocese, regardless of religious affiliation or household income. The scholarship is being funded by a generous $100,000 contribution from the Saginaw-based Wolohan Family Foundation, with a match by the Diocese.
The Diocese will offer $1,000 scholarships for high school students; $750 for grades 1-8; and $500 for kindergarten, and has pledged to provide additional funds to ensure every request is met.
There are 13 Catholic schools in the 11-county Diocese, which this year are educating nearly 2,100 students. Nationally, Catholic school students have a 99-percent graduation rate and 94 percent pursue advanced degrees. As part of their well-rounded, faith-based education, students feed the poor, visit the elderly, raise awareness of important social issues, and serve at local charities.