NWOSF awards $693,568 in need-based scholarships to 729 students
Sept. 19, 2011: The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, Inc. (NWOSF) has awarded $693,000 in need-based scholarships to 729 students for the 2011-2012 school year so that students can attend a private school or be homeschooled.
These students are attending one of 45 private schools in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan including: Rosary Cathedral, Emmanuel Christian, and West Side Montessori Center. The average scholarship per child was $992.
NWOSF is one of 35 partners across the country (along with the Children’s Scholarship Fund) that awards need-based scholarships in order that parents have a choice for their child’s education. The Children’s Scholarship Fund was founded in 1998 by Ted Forstmann and the late John Walton, who saw a need for educational alternatives for poor families.
Since 1999, the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund has awarded a total of $8.97 million in scholarships to 10,998 students.
Deb O’Shea, principal at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns School, said of the scholarship program: “The value of a well-rounded Catholic education in the south Toledo area is priceless. At St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, I’m learning how well it is appreciated by our stakeholders. We are so blessed to be a viable alternative in the elementary school realm and we realize how fortunate we are to have our recipients of the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. This scholarship helps so many families afford this Catholic education that we are so proud to provide.”
The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is the only need-based scholarship program in northwest Ohio that awards scholarships to children who otherwise could not afford to attend private schools for kindergarten through eighth grade. Families must reside in Lucas, Fulton, or Wood County and are required to pay a minimum of $500 towards their tuition. Eligible families are required to demonstrate their financial need as measured by standards similar to the Federal School Lunch program.
Interested families can find more information about the program and the application form on the NWOSF website at www.nosf.org.
For more information contact Ann Riddle, Program Coordinator of the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund at (419) 244-6711 x 219.