Scholarships from Catholic United Financial help hundreds each year

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Back in 1955, the Catholic Aid Association began offering scholarship money to help the children of members go to college.

Some $2.8 million later, the scholarship program of the 84,000-member nonprofit fraternal benefit company is still in the works, evolving just as Catholic Aid has evolved into Catholic United Financial.

More than 7,000 people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota have received scholarship money over the years from what is now Catholic United Financial’s Post-High School Tuition Scholarship program. Along with benefiting individuals, the program was intended to benefit Catholic schools as well.

“The feeling as an organization that we had a mission to support Catholic education goes back to our founding,” said Harald Borrmann, president and chair of Catholic United Financial.

“We have many members with school-age children and a lot of members who attended Catholic schools and feel the need to continue to support them.”

Catholic United Financial has broadened its scholarships to include a wide range of post-high school institutions of learning, including accredited technical colleges and trade schools, Borrmann said.

Scholarships of $300 to $500 are available. Last year, Catholic United Financial awarded some 600 scholarships. And members of any age can apply, not just those graduating from high school. The only criteria is that applicants must have been Catholic United Financial members for two years.

The company made a conscious decision to include more than just the extremely bright students in its program, Borrmann added.

“We want to get that learning opportunity to kids who were just B or C students,” he told The Catholic Spirit. “It’s just as important to educate them as well as the 4.0 students.

“It’s not our job to say some are more deserving; everybody’s deserving. If you’re a member, it means something.”

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The application period for Catholic United Financial’s Post-High School Tuition Scholarship starts Oct. 1 and ends Feb. 15 annually.

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