QCES Foundation uses donation to launch new scholarship

Posted: Feb. 28, 2013 9:52 am Updated: Mar. 28, 2013 10:15 am


The Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools Foundation has announced the establishment of a new scholarship.

The Newcomer's Scholarship is being created thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor. It will provide a full-tuition scholarship for one year to a student intending to enroll in one of Quincy's Catholic elementary schools serving kindergartners through eighth-graders.

The nonrenewable scholarship is partly based on need. Applicants will have to fill out a Private School Aid Service form to determine the family's financial need.

In addition, applicants must submit an essay of 250 words or less explaining why it is important for the child to receive the scholarship and why the parents wish to enroll their child in a Quincy Catholic grade school.

At the request of the donor, recipients may be either Catholic or non-Catholic, but the recipient's family must not currently have any children enrolled in one of the four schools -- Blessed Sacrament, St. Dominic, St. Francis or St. Peter.

"We are very grateful to the donor, who wishes to provide a Catholic elementary school education to a student," said Paul Rittof, executive director of the QCES Foundation.

"While the Newcomer's Scholarship is nonrenewable beyond the first year, the recipient will be eligible to apply for tuition assistance in subsequent years, and any tuition assistance a student may be awarded will be based on the financial need of the student's family, as determined by PSAS, and the amount of tuition assistance available from the QCES Foundation for that particular school year," Rittof said.

The complete scholarship application packet, including eligibility criteria, will be available starting Friday in the offices of the four Catholic elementary schools. Information also will be available on each school's website. The application deadline is 4 p.m. March 22.

For more information about the scholarship, call Rittof at 779-3157 or email him at