|January 19, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 2 • Oakland, CA|
| Catholic Schools Week
FACE, BASIC offer help for low-income families' tuition
Two acronyms — FACE and BASIC — help send children to Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland. FACE is Family Aid — Catholic Education. BASIC is Bay Area Scholarships for Inner-City Children.
For the 2014-15 year 680 students are receiving FACE grants. Elementary school grants of $1,750 are going to 343 students; 337 high school students are receiving grants of $3,050 each.
FACE grants are sponsored by donors, foundations and by an annual gala, which is scheduled for May 2, at Blackhawk.
In addition, a benefit concert featuring the Notre Dame Glee Club is set for March 14 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.
The San Francisco-based BASIC Fund provides support to 4,000 students, kindergarten through eighth grade, in private schools throughout the Bay Area. BASIC provides scholarships to 956 students at 40 schools in the Diocese of Oakland.
The average BASIC Fund scholarship is $1,450; the maximum scholarship is $1,600. Scholarships are awarded to low-income families who fall within guidelines based on the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program, are entering private school for the first time, and have children entering kindergarten through the eighth grade in a registered private school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano or Sonoma county.
Both organizations are accepting applications for financial assistance for the 2015-16 school year. Contact your school. Additional information is available at each agency's website.
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