Ss. Simon & Jude School

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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.

 2019-2020 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 here. You can apply for all of them online including Catholic Education Arizona (CEAZ).   We recommend you complete the online FAIR application first because it is the most involved. The information required for the applications for all other STOs are 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 Monday, 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 2018 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 2018 or transferring from a public school, your family may qualify for these awards. Check the chart to the right for income guidelines set by the state to see if you qualify based on family income.

God bless you, and please contact Diane Stein in the School Office at 602-242-1299 if you have any questions about these applications.

Arizona Corporate Tax Credit Guidelines

Household Size Annual Income Max to Qualify
for Corporate Tax Credit Awards
2 $55,581
3 $69,887
4 $84,194
5 $98,500
6 $112,806
7 $127,112
8 $141,418
Each Additional Person $14,306

God bless you, and please contact Diane Stein in the School Office at 602-242-1299 if you have any questions about these applications.


Catholic Education Arizona
School Code: 700 Password: cea700
(Round One deadline is 4/15/19 —
Round Two deadline is 8/16/19)

Academic Opportunity of Arizona
(online application available 5/1/19)

Arizona Education Scholarship Foundation
(online application available now)

Arizona Leadership Foundation
(corporate scholarships only)
(applications available online 4/15/19—6/15/19)

Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund
(applications available online on 3/1/19 for 19-20 —
accepts donations and applications throughout the year)

Arizona School Choice Trust
(application deadline is 4/30/19)

Arizona Tax Credit
(application process for 19-20 opens 3/16/19)

Arizona Tuition Connection
(application process for 19-20 opens 5/15/19—
focus is on recommended-fund and corporate awards)

Brophy Community Foundation
(deadline is 4/15/19)

Institute for Better Education
(First Round deadline is 5/1/19)

School Choice Arizona
(online application available 3/1/19 – 9/30/19)

Tuition Organization for Private Schools
(online application process begins 5/1/19)

Private School Tuition Fund 123
(online application available now)

123 Tax Credit
(online application available now)

(online application available 4/1/19 – 12/1/19)



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.

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 Memorial 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.

Richard & Sue Hill Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2018, this scholarship celebrates the commitment of the Hill’s to their Catholic faith, and to Catholic education.  After graduating from Creighton University, he and his wife moved to Phoenix where they adopted six children and then went on to have children of their own.  The Hill’s saw many of their grandchildren and great grandchildren attend SS. Simon & Jude School.  Dr. Hill was a very popular family physician in Phoenix for over 40 years, serving as the physician for the Loreto Sisters for many years.

Robert R. McManimon Memorial 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.