Anchor of Hope

The Anchor of Hope Fund is designed to assist Rhode Island Catholic School students in obtaining an education steeped in moral, ethical, and spiritual tradition.

 “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me” (Matthew 25:40) 

Anchor of Hope

Read a message from the Anchor of Hope Co-Chairs.  The Anchor of Hope Fund was established in 2001 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. Originally named the Inner City Scholarship Fund, the Anchor of Hope Fund provides need based financial assistance to students attending Rhode Island Catholic schools irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation.

Today, this fund seeks to provide a quality Catholic education to the economically disadvantaged children of our state. The Anchor of Hope Fund also attempts to cultivate the intellect, self-confidence, and faith of students who could not otherwise afford a Catholic elementary or secondary school education. The Anchor of Hope Fund supports families and their children in building stronger communities with a hope-filled future for society. Every year more and more families seek assistance in meeting rising tuition costs. The reality is that a majority of these schools are in Rhode Island’s urban areas. Many of the children they educate are those most at risk due to challenging socio-economic factors. Our Catholic schools are crucial to the success of these students who – as experience shows – thrive academically and socially in a Catholic school environment.

Did you know that 99.5% of Rhode Island Catholic secondary school students graduate, and 98% of those graduates continue on to college and ultimately serve our nation as leaders in business, public service, medicine, law, and education. Perhaps most importantly, Catholic school students leave Catholic schools not only with a high quality education but also with an education that is steeped in ethical and moral values that will serve them well as productive citizens in the global community. Although the success of Catholic schools is unparalleled, school operating expenses necessitate unavoidable increases in tuition. The need is significant, and with the support of faith-filled leaders like you, we can continue to provide the value of a Catholic school education to Rhode Island children who are most in need of our help.

The Anchor of Hope Sponsor a Student Campaign allows faith-filled leaders who believe in education the opportunity to assist in providing a Catholic education to the children of our state. As of this writing, the average Catholic elementary school tuition cost is approximately $4,500 while the average tuition cost of a secondary Catholic school education is $10,500.

The Office of Stewardship and Development recognizes that in today’s economy, an organization and or individual may not be in a position to fully allocate $4,500 to Catholic school children however may still be interested in assisting those in need. Thus, I ask you to prayerfully consider a monthly tuition scholarship ($450), a quarter tuition assistance ($1,125), half tuition assistance ($2,250), and or three quarter tuition assistance ($3,375). Please note that assistance is provided to those children currently enrolled in Catholic schools who have demonstrated the greatest financial need.

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