Why Scholarships

Progress is the Payoff

Researchers at Harvard University have demonstrated that students receiving private school scholarships progress by more than a full grade level in reading and math over their peers in public schools after only one year. Even greater gains are evidenced in subsequent years.

Scholarship programs change lives. When parents sacrifice to pay part of the cost, education becomes a priority. Changes at home are often as dramatic as changes in a school.

The families we support are living in poverty and struggling more than ever but thanks to you and your generosity they have HOPE and OPPORTUNITY. They are hopeful about their children’s future because of the quality education they are receiving as a recipient of a Today and Tomorrow scholarship. They know that the opportunity to choose a parochial or private elementary school increases their child’s chance to succeed in life regardless of racial, ethnic, religious or educational background. 93% of recipients are accepted into college preparatory high schools, 84% attended college preparatory high schools, 100% graduate from high school and, of those, 100% go on to post secondary education. Hope for the future of our community resides in the 3,398 scholarship students, their classmates and schools.

100% High School Graduation Rate

Introduced in the 2008-2009 school year, the Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow Kindergarten through 4th Grade Scholarship Program seeks to provide financial assistance to St. Louis City families who wish to offer their Kindergarten through 4th grade children a private or parochial  elementary school education.  Scholarship awards are based upon the financial need and the residency of the applicant.  Scholarships awarded will follow students through the 8th grade assuming continued eligibility and are transferable to any private or parochial school in the city of St. Louis. 



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Since its inception, the program has assisted hundreds of families to reap the benefits of a quality, faith-based or private education.

Help for Today-Hope for Tomorrow Program Statistics

296 new scholarships were awarded for the 2014-15 school year.

248 new scholarships were awarded for the 2013-14 school year.

232 new scholarships were awarded for the 2012-13 school year.

250 new scholarships were awarded for the 2011-12 school year.

271 new scholarships were awarded for the 2010-2011 school year.

220 new scholarships were awarded for the 2009-2010 school year.

613 new scholarships were awarded for the 2008-2009 school year.

Other scholarships currently administered by the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation include the Alive! In Christ Scholarship program.  Currently 2,693 students are receiving scholarships to attend Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

For the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, 400 new scholarships are available and applications are currently being accepted.

View the list of all the available Today & Tomorrow Scholarships.