By Mary Owen
A new tuition assistance fund at Regis High School will add to existing scholarship coffers, ensuring interested students have an opportunity to attend the private Catholic school.
“The Blessed Mother Mary Fund will be applied to qualified recipients to ensure the maximum opportunity for students to attend Regis High School, even in difficult economic times,” said Madeleine Gere, development director at Regis.
Funded by anonymous donors, the new fund will provide additional scholarships for those who qualify for help through the Regis High School Foundation. To date, $50,000 have been pledged over a four-year period, Gere said.
“A.J. Frank Family Foundation and the Archdiocese of Portland are other regular donors who contribute at least $20,000 each year,” Gere said.
For more than 30 years, the foundation has provided financial stability to the school. Since 2004 it has granted merit-based scholarships totaling $34,300 to about 123 students.
“We have other individual sources who contribute as well,” Gere added. “The school usually has about $100,000 to draw from for tuition assistance each year, and the Blessed Mother Mary Fund will be added to these dollars.”
All financially challenged families who have high-school-age children interested in attending Regis are encouraged to apply, Gere said.
“Any students looking to come into Regis High School, or even students who are currently attending, if they have not already applied, may go through the application process,” Gere said.
The FACTS tuition assistance application form is available online.
“All interviews with the administration are confidential,” Gere assured. “Families who receive this assistance are very grateful to have the financial help to get the education they want.”
Also available are merit-based scholarships. Gere said 90 percent of Regis students go on to post-secondary education, a feat that spurs regular donors.
“We have some families who are dedicated to helping make this a reality for as many interested students as possible,” she said.
For information call 503-769-2159.