Apply for tuition assistance
Families interested in a Catholic education for their children may find help in achieving that goal from FACE.
Family Aid-Catholic Education is celebrating 35 years of providing tuition assistance to families of students from kindergarten through high school seniors.
Applications are available online at www.faceofoakland.org. Additional information and assistance in completing forms is available at the schools. Deadline to apply is March 15.
FACE grants are made based on financial need. Completed applications are sent to Private School Aid Service for need analysis. Students are then ranked solely on financial need and are then prioritized according to FACE granting guidelines and available resources.
For the 2011-12 school year, 549 students — 256 in elementary school, 293 in high school — received grants.
FACE has assisted more than 20,000 students over the years, and grants may be used at all elementary schools and high schools in the diocese.
Success is part of the FACE story: More than 98 percent of FACE recipients in the Class of 2012 are going on to two- and four-year colleges and universities.
A fundraiser for FACE, sponsored by Choicelunch of San Ramon, filled Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill. The Notre Dame Undertones, an all-male a cappella group, provided more than an hour of music, ranging from "Danny Boy" to "Under the Sea" to more current favorites, ending with the university's alma mater and fight song, to which the audience clapped along.
"Because of your generosity, we've got at least two more kids who will go to Catholic school next year," FACE chairman Steve Burke told the audience.
On April 13, the annual gala auction — FACE's main fundraiser on the year — will be held at Scott's Seafood Restaurant in Jack London Square, Oakland. Additional information is available at www.faceofoakland.org.