Catholic High School
Merit Scholarship Fund

Endow a Philadelphia Catholic High School Merit Scholarship and give a deserving child a chance.

Attending Catholic High School can make a world of difference. A Catholic High School student has a 99% chance of graduating, and a nearly 85% chance of attending a four-year college.

To bring these opportunities to as many deserving students as possible, The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia has launched a merit scholarship program with the goal of helping motivated and deserving students meet the growing cost of Catholic High School tuition, and reap its benefits for the rest of their lives. 

The Process

More than 900 students from all counties throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sit for an independently administered exam each year. Students are ranked by score. Donors may select the county from which they would like their scholarship recipients to be chosen. Scholarship recipients in each county are then chosen in order of their test scores.

Each scholarship recipient is required to be in the top 15 percentile of his or her class and have an above-average attendance record. Students will also meet with an academic counselor quarterly.

Create a Parish, Family or Individual Scholarship

Through The Catholic Foundation of Philadelphia, you have a turnkey approach to participating in a scholarship program for Catholic High School education. You can provide a scholarship in the name of your parish, your family or in your own name. You have the opportunity to select which county or counties you would like to support with scholarships. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, you may give any amount directly to the Catholic High School Merit Scholarship Fund and allow The Foundation to grant the scholarships.

Give the Gift of Catholic Education to a Deserving Student

The Catholic High School Merit Scholarship Program offers several ways in which you can help a student enjoy the life-long benefits of a Catholic High School education.

  • Full Scholarship - $6,300 per year for 4 years
  • Half Scholarship - $3,300 per year for 4 years
  • Incentive Scholarship – Half Scholarship for 4 years and if the child has a 93% GPA at the end of the school year, it turns into a Full Scholarship for the next school year.

Our Catholic school students thank you for your generosity.

How to get started

To find out more, please contact us:

Phone: 215-587-5650
E-mail: contactus@catholicfoundationphila.org