The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children (SFIC) was founded in 1983 by Archbishop Emeritus Peter L. Gerety as the Fund for Educational Advancement. SFIC is a non-profit organization funded by corporations, foundations and individual donors who wish to invest in the future of economically disadvantaged children living in neighboring communities. The Fund has made an impact on the lives of thousands of inner-city children. Under the direction of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director, SFIC has been able to provide over 50,000 students with over $39,000,000 in partial tuition scholarships.
In 1999, a partnership was created with the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF), a national non-profit organization, which increased the number of scholarships SFIC has been able to provide significantly. With matching funds provided by CSF, scholarship programs expanded in Newark, Jersey City and Elizabeth with dramatic results.
Most scholarship recipients are African-American or Hispanic children from inner-city school districts in Northern New Jersey. The scholarships enable these students to attend parochial schools in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties and are intended to provide them with the tools for independence and success.
The mean tuition for Newark Archdiocese Catholic elementary school students is $4,718 and $10,286 for high school students. 100% of SFIC high school seniors graduate and 97% of those seniors go on to pursue higher education.