Ss. Simon & Jude School

Tuition Assistance & Scholarships

Ss. Simon & Jude Parish offers a multiple-child discount to families who are registered members of the parish, attend Mass regularly and demonstrate consistent stewardship by giving of their time, talent and treasure to the parish.

Families who are not parishioners of Ss. Simon & Jude Church, with children enrolled in our school, shall pay the out-of-parish per child rate determined annually by the School Board with no multiple child discount.


2015-2016 Financial Aid Opportunities

Because the State of Arizona has the Education Tax Credit, there are many options for financial assistance including Catholic Education Arizona. You may apply to several of the state tuition organizations (STOs) to get your family the assistance you need to keep Catholic education affordable for your family. The STOs that SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral School has working relationships with are listed on the back of this sheet.

You can apply for all of them online including Catholic Education Arizona (CEAZ). We have enclosed a CEAZ tri-fold brochure with the instructions and passwords you need to file online through FAIR. (We recommend you complete this application first because it is the most involved. The information required for the applications for all other STOs is very similar.)

Complete only one FAIR application for CEAZ per family even if you have children at more than one school. All your dependents (including children not yet attending school and those at other public or private schools) should be listed on your application. If you are filling out a FAIR application for one of the Catholic high schools, only send in one application listing all your children. All FAIR applications must be completed by Wednesday, April 15th in order to be considered in Round 1 awards. Please print a copy of your application, note the username and password you created, and keep it along with the back-up materials for your files.

Before you apply for any financial aid, you must have your 2014 Federal Tax Return completed. All of the STOs require that information from you. Please take the time right now to get your taxes done immediately so that you can apply early. There are limited funds for all of these organizations, and those who apply early have the best chance of getting assistance.

If you have received a “corporate” or “switcher plus” award in the past, you are still eligible for awards from corporate funding. Some of the STOs have separate applications for “individual” awards (money donated by individuals), “corporate” awards (money donated by corporations) and “switcher plus” awards. If your child is entering Kindergarten in August 2015 or transferring from a public school, your family may qualify for these awards. Check the chart below for income guidelines set by the state to see if you qualify based on family income.

Arizona Corporate Tax Credit Guidelines 2015-2016

Household Size Annual Income Max to Qualify
for Corporate Tax Credit Awards
2 $53,837
3 $67,732
4 $81,628
5 $95,523
6 $109,418
7 $123,314
8 $123,314
Each Additional Person $14,033

 

 

God bless you, and please contact Diane Stein in the School Office if you have any questions about these applications.

AAA Scholarship Foundation
http://www.aaascholarships.org  (Online application available now —
if you receive this scholarship, this is the only STO you may accept funds from.)

 Arizona Community Foundation
www.azfoundation.org  (online application deadline is 4/17/15)

Arizona Education Scholarship Foundation
http://az4education.org  (online application available now)

Arizona Leadership Foundation  (corporate scholarships only)
www.arizonaleader.org  (applications available online after 4/1/15)

Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund
www.apesf.org  (applications available online for 15-16 after 4/1/15 —
accepts donations and applications throughout the year)

Arizona Scholarship Fund
 www.azscholarships.org  (accepts donations and applications throughout the year)

Arizona Tuition Connection
 www.arizonatuitionconnection.com  (application process available now —
focus is on recommended-fund and corporate awards)

Brophy Community Foundation
 www.brophyfoundation.org/apply-for-financial-aid-2  (deadline is 4/15/15)

 Funds for Kids AZ
http://www.fundsforkids.org  (accepts donations and applications throughout the year)

Higher Education STO, Inc.
www.higher-goals.org  (application process begins 6/1/15)

Institute for Better Education
www.ibescholarships.org  (deadline is 4/24/15)

School Choice Arizona
www.schoolchoicearizona.org  (online application available 3/20/15)

Tuition Organization for Private Schools
www.topsforkids.com  (online application process begins 4/16/15)

OTHER SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Our school has been richly blessed through the generosity of many families in our SSJ Parish and School community.  Because of their kindness we are able to offer approximately $20,000 a year in tuition assistance to current students in 4th through 8th grades.

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Our current scholarships are as follows:

Fr. Paul Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

In 1996, this scholarship was established as a lasting tribute to Fr. Smith’s years of service to the Ss. Simon & Jude community. Through his wisdom in bringing the Loreto Sisters from Ireland, the continuity of his many years of service and his constant support of our school, we have been able to provide a strong Catholic environment in which to educate children.

Msgr. Michael O’Grady Endowed Scholarship 

On April 23, 2005 this scholarship was established as a farewell gift to Father in celebration of both the beautiful spirit in which Father lived his daily life as Rector of our SSJ community and his enormous dedication to all children. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is also a member of the parish community and strives for excellence in all areas of their life to the best of their God given abilities.

Sr. Raphael Quinn Scholarship 

Established in 2004, this scholarship is sponsored by Alumni Parents, Kathy and Steve Pidgeon. This scholarship serves to acknowledge the invaluable part parents play in their child’s Catholic education and is awarded to a parent within the school community for their active participation and positive, caring spirit. This scholarship includes full tuition for one child for one year.  No application is needed.

Loreto Sisters Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2004, this endowed scholarship serves to honor the deceased Loreto Sisters of our SSJ community.  Their compassion, gentle devotion, and acceptance of everyone these extraordinary women came in contact with at our school and the greater Phoenix community-at-large continue to be an inspiration to all of us.

Cathedral Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship represents select families who support the mission of our school and believe strongly in the value of a Catholic education.  These families maintain that SSJ strikes the perfect balance for students to experience spiritual growth and societal responsibility, and applaud the school’s focus on service to others as an integral part of being Catholic and furthering each child’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Fr. C. Richard Rudd Memorial Scholarship

Wishing to commemorate his life and legacy, this scholarship was established in 2016 and is sponsored by the Ebertz Family and Endowment.  Fr. Dick Rudd spent his childhood growing up in a devout Catholic home in North Dakota.  He entered the seminary at St. John’s University in MN and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954 in Fargo, ND where he served at several rural parishes.  Fr. Dick was a remarkable man and a faithful priest receiving the Ecumenical Achievement Award from the ND Conference of Churches in 1997.

SSJ Fathers for Catholic Education Scholarship 

This scholarship was established in 2007 and is sponsored by the SSJ Dad’s Club. The recipient of this scholarship must be a reflective, discerning, active Christian who demonstrates a working knowledge of Catholic doctrine, teachings, prayers, practices and sacred scripture. The child must participate in sacraments, liturgy & prayer and make choices in light of Gospel values.

Kathryn Johnson Memorial CARE Scholarship

Established in 2010 by the Johnson family in celebration of Kathryn’s 90th birthday, this scholarship honors her exemplary service and outstanding dedication to the SSJ community.  Mrs. Johnson was a long time parishioner of the Cathedral and she, her children, and her grandchildren place a high value on helping others in need.

Thomas McCabe Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2005 by Alice M. Becker, in memory of her brother, Thomas, this endowed scholarship honors the commitment of the McCabe family to values-based education. They believed strongly in opening your heart and soul to the message of a Catholic education and recognized the many sacrifices parents make in order to provide their children with this opportunity.

Mrs. “Q” Ruth McMahon Quinones Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship was established in 2008 by the Quinones family in honor of their Mother.  Ruth faithfully served our community working as a homeroom planner for many years and was involved with the Boy Scouts as well. The student who receives this scholarship should be a good student who demonstrates strong community service skills and is involved in scouting.

Robert R. McManimon Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the McManimon family in 2009 in honor of their husband, father, and grandfather who greatly valued Catholic education. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is an active participating Catholic student.  An interest in music is preferred, but not required.

Martin Rosness Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

Eric Rosness, class of 1992, and Melissa Rosness, class of 1990, have established an endowed scholarship in memory of their father Martin H. Rosness. Marty valued Catholic education and loved the caring environment of SSJ and the opportunity it gave his children to excel spiritually and educationally.

Karla Stovall Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2009 by Russ, Jacob and Joshua Stovall, this scholarship serves to honor Karla’s memory, the inspiration she was to her friends and fellow cancer patients, and the amazing spirit with which she bravely fought her battle with cancer.  The recipient of this scholarship will be selected by the family.