The Scholarship Moment

We are proud to announce our expanding second annual scholarship program to supply resources to those in our Cathedral Family most in need. Below is a list of scholarship opportunities, and under this table we explain the program in more detail.

The Scholarship Moment application can be found here and should be emailed to Mr. Ekeler or dropped off in the main office. Deadline for the 2017-18 Scholarship Moment application is July 3rd.

Scholarship NameValueWho is Eligible?Lunch StatusService Required*Criteria
Friends of Cathedral Scholarship Two full scholarships or a combined total of $2100 Eaglet PK-8th grade students whose family has met with the pastor to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. N/A 10 volunteer hours per family – hours must be completed prior to June 30. Child must maintain strong grades based on effort and ability, must live “The Dignity Pledge”, and should be participating in activities.
The Mary Elizabeth Scholarship Two full scholarships or a combined total of $2100 K-8th grade students whose family has met with the pastor to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. Free & Reduced 10 volunteer hours per family – hours must be completed prior to June 30. Children in grades 3-8 must maintain at least a C average or better in core content areas. Families must be willing to provide tax information from the previous year if requested by the donor.
The Ekeler Family Scholarship $1250 to cover tuition and any remainder to be used for uniforms or school supplies as requested by family. Eaglet PK-8th grade students whose family has met with the pastor to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. N/A 10 volunteer hours per family – hours must be completed prior to June 30. Family is asked to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Children in grades 3-8 must maintain at least a C average or better in core content areas. Families must be willing to provide tax information from the previous year if requested by the donor.
Noel Family Scholarship One full scholarship worth the value of a year’s in-parish tuition. K-8th grade students whose family has met with the pastor to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. N/A 10 volunteer hours per family – hours must be completed prior to June 30. The donor only requests that the student be in need.
Knights of Columbus Scholarship $1500 to cover tuition and any remainder to be used for uniforms. K-8th grade students whose family has met with the pastor to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. N/A 10 volunteer hours per family – hours must be completed prior to June 30. The donor requests that the applicant be an active member in the community.
Elizabeth Ann Seton Retired Teacher Scholarship $1225.50 to cover tuition and any remainder to be used for uniforms. K-8th grade students whose family has met with the pastor to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. N/A Family must commit to 10 hours of work at annual spring Used Book Sale. Child must be maintaining strong grades based on effort and ability.
Tucker Family Scholarship (sponsored by the Cathedral School Family Association) One full scholarship worth the value of a year's in-parish tuition. K-8th grade students whose family has met with the pastor to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. N/A 10 volunteer hours per family – hours must be completed prior to June 30. Child must be maintaining strong grades based on effort and ability.
Cathedral Capstone Scholarships $1460.50 raised by the 8th Grade Junior Achievement businesses earmarked for this scholarship, uniforms and/or supplies. Eaglet PK-8th grade students whose family has met with the pastor to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. N/A 10 volunteer hours per family – hours must be completed prior to June 30. The donor requests that the applicant be an active member in the community.
Cathedral Cub Scouts Scholarship One full scholarship worth the value of a year's in-parish tuition. Eaglet PK-8th grade students whose family has met with the pastor to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. N/A 10 volunteer hours per family – hours must be completed prior to June 30. Applicant must be a member of Cub/Boy Scouts or American Heritage Girls.

*Service hours are to be organized with the Principal.

Points to Consider

  1. If awarded, the remaining tuition amount will be reduced to reflect the award.
  2. Students from Sister Parishes without schools may also apply: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Saint Andrew, Cristo Rey, Saint, Mary’s Denton, and Saint James.
  3. If you are not sure of your Free & Reduced Lunch status please contact the main office.
  4. Scholarship dollars are prioritized first for those families who are members of Cathedral Parish; if money remains we will consider families who are out of parish and/or non-Catholic.

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When the topic of tuition arises we typically hear two things. The first is how remarkably low our tuition is. This is accurate as the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln provides an incredible education at one of the nation’s lowest tuition rates. Literally every child in the diocese is on scholarship: tuition pays for just 20%-30% of the cost of educating a child. The remainder is funded by the parish, the diocese, endowments and other generosities.

The second voice sounds something like this: “We are really trying, but it is just so hard for us to pay tuition.”

According to the Lincoln Community Foundation, Lincoln now has six neighborhoods that qualify as being in poverty, the most in over 30 years. The Cathedral community is not immune. We are diverse in many ways, including our socio-economic demographics. Our recent 10% increase in enrollment, plus the above data means one thing: Cathedral must be the action, not the reaction.

We are proud to announce the expansion of Cathedral’s “Scholarship Moment”, a program to support those most in need in our Cathedral Family. In 2016-17 the Scholarship Moment funded five children using $5250 in free tuition gathered from three families. As of the writing of this letter over $13,000 has been committed by nine families and organizations for the 2017-18 school year.

Principal Jeremy Ekeler said, "The hope is to build this program into 8-12 full tuition scholarships that will support Cathedral families in need, and perhaps also allow us to reach into the Lincoln community and make a Catholic education a reality for a family who may not otherwise have had the means. We also want to be a leader in this venture, and create a powerful program that our Eagle families are proud of. There is a place for everyone in this program, and we hope folks take advantage."

Quick Facts
Tuition Rates
  • $1050 for one in-parish student
  • $2100 for two in-parish students
  • $2600 cap for in-parish families
  • $1400 per out-of-parish student (no family cap)
  • $2700 per non-Catholic and non-parish student (no family cap)
  • $25 Diocesan assessment fee (per child)
Average cost of school supplies is $75 per student, and roughly $150 for uniforms.
You may fund your scholarship on a monthly ACH plan.
  • Family in Need: Today we release over $13,000 in scholarship moneys. These scholarships have specific requirements, all of which can be found online at www.CathedralEagles.com by clicking the Support tab. An application and deadline will follow this letter.
  • Family who Funds: Are you proud of your Cathedral journey? Do you want to model stewardship to your children? Were you in a rough patch when someone came to your aid and now feel it’s time to pay it forward? Let’s set up a 30 minute meeting or phone call to launch a scholarship in memorial, for your family, or anonymously. Quite honestly, we could knock the entire process out via email – it’s that easy.
  • Family who Helps: The typical poverty story is that a family just like yours hit a rough patch and didn’t have a safety net, nor access to credit. This story is one you can change. I’m asking you to consider a donation to the Cathedral Family Scholarship program. Could be $10, could $100…could be more. The goal: grow our Friends of Cathedral School Foundation* to support even more families in need.

We are in a unique situation as we continue to field calls of interest while addressing those already established in the Cathedral Family of families. Therefore, our long-term vision for "The Scholarship Moment" is as follows:

Development of 10-20 scholarships, make Cathedral school a viable financial option for every parish family, and dig into our CCD and area population that never thought a Catholic school education was possible.

We look to lead this school as we soar to new heights together with the Risen Christ. Please come soar with us.

Monsignor Joseph Nemec
Pastor & Chief Administrator

Jeremy Ekeler
Principal
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About the Cathedral School & Family Association (CSFA)

The object of Cathedral School Family Association is to support the spiritual and educational forces of the Church, Home, and School, in a program of child training in keeping with the doctrines of the Church. While the association does not create policy or craft education programs, its work enhances and develops Cathedral School ventures.

To this end, The Association will endeavor:

  1. To provide a financial environment to support the extraordinary demands of the school.
  2. To offer parents the opportunity to enrich Cathedral School’s educational programs.
  3. To promote a program of united Catholic action in the sphere of primary education.
  4. To provide a symbiotic relationship between parents, teachers, and children.

The CSFA bylaws can be found here.

For a look at the most recent meeting minutes click here. If you'd like minutes from previous meetings, or would like to attend or present at a meeting, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any parent or guardian of a child attending Cathedral of the Risen Christ School automatically upon enrollment of a child becomes a General Member of the Association. Faculty and staff of Cathedral are also General Members. For a list of positions and a graphic organizer of the CSFA see below.

Pastor: Monsignor Nemec

Principal: Mr. Jeremy Ekeler

President: Mrs. Katie Lewallen

Vice President: Mrs. Dawn Kjeldgaard

Secretary: Mrs. Claire Steiner

Treasurer: Mrs. Jamie Scholtes

Volunteer Coordinators: Sarah Kauffman & Victoria Young

Auction Coordinator: Easley & Kavan Families

*Appointed Fundraising Coordinator: Mrs. Tera Norris

*Appointed School Representative: Miss Rachel Hanigan

General Membership: All Cathedral School Families

CSFA

Organizations

CCD

The mission of the religious education program (CCD) at Cathedral is to assist parents of public school students in grades 1 - 8 in the religious formation of their children. The Catholic Church has always taught that parents are the primary educators of their children. The religious education program provides systematic instruction to students to supplement the teaching and example of their parents. The goal of the program is to work cooperatively with parents to give their children a good knowledge, understanding, and love of their faith, so they are prepared to live a Christian life in today’s world. CCD 2013-14 Calendar.

Daughters of Mary

Daughters of Mary is a prayer group for 5th and 6th grade girls. Our primary focus is to help your daughter(s) grow in faith through prayer, studying the lives of Saints, and works of mercy. Each month we will be making cards and a craft for our priests to take along during their First Friday visits to the sick and homebound. Sixth grade girls will be required to attend at least four lunch time prayers each month to stay a member. All members are required to attend at least five of the scheduled meetings. Daughters of Mary will meet once a month after school on a Thursday from 3:30-4:15. For more information click here.

Advocates of St. Angela Merici

The Advocates of St. Angela Merici is a Junior High vocation club for 7th and 8th grade girls. It was started at Cathedral fifteen years ago. The charter group chose St. Angela and wrote a prayer of dedication. The girls have promised to serve Jesus and follow the example of St. Angela of Merici and imitate the purity of the life of Mary and walk in her steps. The girls attend monthly prayers as well as monthly meetings and work together to create and put up the school’s main bulletin board located near the school office . In addition, they peer teach the younger students at Cathedral the Faith.

Soldiers of Saint Sebastian

Soldiers of St. Sebastian consists of seventh and eighth graders from our school who serve at Cathedral School’s daily Masses. The group plays a prominent role in parish liturgies such as funerals, First Friday devotions, Stations of the Cross, Benediction, First Confession, First Holy Communion, and the May Crowning procession. In addition, the boys take part in monthly prayers. Contact: Monsignor Tucker

Cadets of Fr. Kapaun

Fr. Kapaun, a simple Midwestern boy, spent his life in service and died humbly in a prison camp in North Korea after inspiring thousands with his devotion to Christ. The Cadets of Fr. Kapaun is a vocations club for 5th and 6th grade boys as they begin to foster a special love and duty to Jesus, using the model of Kapaun. Their activities include monthly prayers and learning to serve the Mass in preparation for becoming a Soldier of St. Sebastian.

Cathedral Abbey Program

The Cathedral Abbeys were started to promote unity and teamwork among our 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes. Each team is assigned a patron and the charter members choose team colors as well as mottos for their Abbeys. The groups earn points for their Abbeys be participating in competitions, scoring well on selected tests, and by being named a St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Scholar each quarter. Team points accumulate with a winner named in May.

Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 54 is composed of boys 10 ½ -18 years old led by the boys with adult supervision. The purpose of the Boy Scouts is to introduce young men to the role of leadership, to instill good moral values, above-reproach character, and sense of duty to God, country, and self through fun with teaching skills and exciting outdoor activities. Meetings are held on Thursdays at 7:30 PM in Rectors Hall. Visitors are welcome at anytime. Contact: Paul Woita, 488.3169.

Cub Scouts Pack 54 is for boys in grades 1 through 5. Parents and leaders work together to help boys achieve: character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, family understanding, respectful relationships to self and others, personal achievement, friendly service, fun and adventure, and is a good preparation for Boy Scouts. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in Rectors Hall. Contact Dave Brady, 261.8183

 

Financial

500 Club

500 Club is a monthly lottery drawing held on the first Wednesday of each month. The drawing has the numbers 1-500 in it. Each number costs $5.00 per month. There are ten winners each month. The prize money returned each month is equal to 65% of the total money in the drawing. The remaining 35% is set aside for purchasing items for the school such as textbooks, school repairs, playground equipment, etc. The 500 Club welcomes new members anytime. Contact: Todd/Nancy Jarchow, 402.489.1591.

Cathedral Art Show

This major annual fund-raising project of the Parish Council of Catholic Women is held the second week of September. Artists and craftsmen from a wide geographical area display and sell their works. A quiche luncheon is served on Friday. Proceeds go toward the needs of the parish. Contact: JoAnn Bartek, 402.489.7820.

Cathedral School Auction

Annually the parish holds a combined silent and oral auction for the purpose of raising funds for extraordinary needs of the school. All adult parishioners are invited to an evening of fellowship that includes an appetizer buffet. Contact: Cathedral School, 402.489.9621.

Charity & Stewardship Appeal

Contact: Msgr. Tucker, 402.488.0948.

Label and Boxtop Collections

This program earns supplies and dollars for Cathedral School. Parishioners are encouraged to participate by saving General Mills and Betty Crocker boxtops, and UPCs from the following brands: Super Saver, IGA, TV, Marquee, Rainbow, Best Yet, and Super Tru. Contact: Cathedral School, 402.489.9621.

$crip Program

$crip Program raises funds for the Cathedral Home-School Association, Godparent Program, PCCW, Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul Society. The $crip program sells gift certificates from various local merchants to parishioners. Each merchant sells certificates to the $crip program at a discount varying from 2% to 30%. The program then sells the certificates at face value. $crip is sold after all Masses except Sunday evening, and is also available during the week at the Rectory. All parishioners are encouraged to use $crip. Contacts: Church office, 402.488.0948; Kay Duncan, 402.420.7463.

Volunteer

Junior Achievement

Become a volunteer for Junior Achievement! Give just 5 hours a year to a classroom in our school, and we’ll show you how big a difference you can make. JA partners business/community volunteers in the classroom to teach students lessons in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. You’ll get to share your expertise and experience with Lincoln’s students, contribute to their success, and show them that their community cares about their education. JA staff will work hard to match you with a grade and time slot that works best for you.

Cathedral is a 100% committed JA School, including a revolutionary capstone project that connects potential future entrepeneurs with some of the area's best business leaders. The JA staff provides a one-on-one training for you that takes just 45 minutes.  All the lessons are prepared for you in an easy to follow format. To join our JA Eagle Team call the JA office at 402-467-1741.

Careers in the Classroom

The Catalog of Guest Speakers is a classroom resource for our teachers to enhance their classroom instruction.  If you have an area of expertise or a hobby that the teachers could tie into a unit they are teaching, we would like to include you in our catalog. Whether you are a plumber, an artist, a gardener, a birdwatcher, a nurse, a banker...or anything in between- imagine how your real world experience could make science, math, history, or English come alive to a kid! 

Take a few minutes to complete this form, and we will let the teachers know they can contact you to set up a date and time to share your passion with their students. Just 30 minutes of your time could spark a lifetime of learning. Send your form to the main office or to Emily Villa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer School Nurse Program

The school nurse program is run by volunteer nurses who are at school on a daily basis from 10am to 2pm. Many of our nurses also visit classrooms to discuss proper hand-washing technique, germs and other hygiene issues. Nurses administer medicine and also track and document asthmatic and diabetic students when not placing bandaids or distributing medications. Never a dull moment, if you are interested in volunteering your time and talent please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 489.96221

Landscaping

In an effort to beautify the school, Cathedral is currently running a campaign to upgrade the campus landscaping. Areas of interest include the outdoor classroom, Sheridan Blvd. landscaping, entrance aesthetics, and general maintenance. If you are interested in helping plant or act as caretaker to any of the facilities please contact the school at 489.9621.

Lunchroom

We are always looking for help in our school lunchroom, especially during lunch for the younger children (between 11am and noon). If you are interested in helping us monitor the lunchroom please contact the school at 489.9621.

Homeroom Parent

The homeroom parent program is set up through the Cathedral School Family Association. Please contact Sarah Kauffman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get involved.