The Scholarship Moment

We are proud to announce our third annual scholarship program to supply resources to those in our Cathedral Family most in need. Below is a list of expected scholarship opportunities, and under this table we explain the program in more detail. Preference for scholarship dollars is given to in-parish Catholic families who have been in good-standing with the school and parish (strong communication, no over-due balances, active volunteer life).

The Scholarship Moment application will be released as a link here. Upon completion, the application can be emailed to Mr. Ekeler or dropped off in the main office. Deadline for the 2018-19 Scholarship Moment application is June 29, 2018. Please CLICK HERE for the application.

Scholarship NameValueWho is Eligible?Lunch StatusService Required*Criteria
The Ryan Hays Scholarship One full scholarship worth the value of a year's in-parish tuition. Boys who are Soldiers of St. Sebastian N/A Serving 10 additional Masses beyond those scheduled. A boy who is in good standing with Cathedral's Dignity Code and the expectations of the Soldiers of St. Sebastian whose family is in financial need.
Friends of Cathedral Scholarship Two full scholarships or a combined total of $2100 Eaglet PK-8th grade students whose family has met with the rector 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 rector 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 rector 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 $1050 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 $1230.05 to cover tuition and any remainder to be used for uniforms. K-8th grade students whose family has met with the rector to discuss tuition assistance needs prior to applying. N/A Family must commit to 10 hours of work at the 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 rector 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 Scholarship $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 rector 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 rector 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 Boy Scouts of America or American Heritage Girls.

*Service hours are to be organized with the Principal.

Points to Consider

  1. If awarded, any remaining or past-due tuition amount will be reduced to reflect the award.
  2. Students from Sister Parishes without schools may also apply for the remaining balance after their parish contribution: 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 for the 2018-19 school year.

Principal Jeremy Ekeler said, "The hope is to build this program into 12-15 full tuition scholarships that will support Cathedral families in need. We want to reach into the Lincoln community and make a Catholic education a reality for a family who may not otherwise have 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 $65 per student, and roughly $125 for uniforms.
You may fund your scholarship on a monthly ACH plan.
  • Family in Need: Today we release over $13,000 in scholarship moneys. Those in need must follow the application steps by the deadline to be considered.
  • 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 and you can support your scholarship using a monthly payment plan.
  • 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 welcome new families while also supporting 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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