Originally founded in 1983 by Archbishop Peter L. Gerety as the Fund for Educational Advancement, the fund has impacted the lives of thousands of inner-city children enabling them to attend private and parochial schools. Most recipients are African-American or Hispanic children attending inner-city schools and the majority is non-Catholic. These scholarships are intended to provide them with the tools for independence and success.
In 1999 a partnership was created with the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) a national organization which has increased the number of scholarships significantly. With matching funds provided by CSF, scholarship programs expanded in Newark, Jersey City and Elizabeth with dramatic results.
Under the direction of the SFIC Board of Trustees and the Executive Director the fund has been able to provide over 45,000 students with over $35,000,000 in partial tuition scholarships. SFIC General Fund Scholarships are $1,000. CSF scholarships range from 25% to 75% of the tuition up to a maximus of $2,500 per student.
For the 2013-2014 academic year SFIC is supporting over 2,200 students with $2.6 million in tuition assistance.
SFIC provides children in need with the opportunity to receive a high quality, values-based education in a nurturing and safe environment. The Fund provides partial-tuition scholarships to economically disadvantaged children attending private and parochial schools within Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties.
Established in 1983, The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children (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.
SFIC scholarships are based on need without regard to gender, race, religion or ethnic background. Most recipients are African-American or Hispanic children attending inner-city schools, and the majority are non-Catholic. These scholarships are intended to provide them with the tools for independence and success. The great news is that 100% of SFIC's 2013 seniors graduated and 98% of them went on to pursue higher education. This is no small achievement for a disadvantaged inner-city child.
During the 2013-2014 academic year our scholarship programs provided over $2 million in scholarships to 1,509 students.
SFIC has provided over 45,000 scholarships totaling more than $35 million.