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How to Apply for a Beacon of Hope Scholarship    

All students in grades K-12 are eligible as long as they are enrolled in an Albany Diocesan elementary or secondary school. The scholarship is awarded in various amounts for one school year.  

To be considered for a Beacon of Hope Scholarship, families must apply annually.

ONLINE APPLICATION LINK

Application Process:

To apply to the Beacon of Hope Scholarship Fund families must: 

  • Be registered with a diocesan elementary or secondary school
  • Complete the FACTS Grant/Aid application online.factsmgt.com/aid (see instructions below)
    • Select Yes - to the question "Are you applying for a Beacon of Hope Scholarship?"
    • Complete the brief needs statement (1-2 sentences)
  • Submit all questions, required documentation and the application fee by April 1st 


Once this process is completed, the Catholic School Office and the Diocesan Scholarship Committee review the applications. PLEASE NOTE: If just one of these steps is incomplete your application cannot move forward.


Deadline to Apply:

Applications must be completed online by April 1st each year.


Award Eligibility:

Scholarships offered by the Beacon of Hope Scholarship Fund include:

The Kenneth and Thelma Lally Partnership in Catholic Education

  • Eligibility: open to students grade 1-12 that are enrolled in an Albany Diocesan elementary or secondary school and have demonstrated financial needed as determined through FACTS assessment.

Beacon of Hope Tuition Assistance

  • Eligibility: open to students grade K-12 that are enrolled in an Albany Diocesan elementary or secondary school and have demonstrated financial needed OR circumstance as determined through FACTS assessment

Selection Process: 

The Diocesan Scholarship Committee for the Beacon of Hope Scholarship Fund, in conjunction with the Catholic School Office, reviews applications and determines a family’s award based on eligibility for the different programs. If required school administrators are 


Notification: 

The selection process is completed in May. 

Diocesan school administrators are notified of awards in May in order to draft tuition agreements for families. Families will be notified by the school if awarded a scholarship. 

In late September, the schools are sent the list again for the purpose of verifying that the students who are award recipients have enrolled in the school. If they have not, an alternate recipient is selected by the Diocesan Scholarship Committee and the family and school are notified.


  

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Hundreds of students in the Diocese are looking for a Beacon of Hope. By contributing, you will have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people by helping to keep them enrolled at a Catholic School where they will flourish.

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