Archive for December, 2012

CSF President Honored By Tri-County Scholarship Fund

This fall, Tri-County Scholarship Fund, a CSF partner program offering private school scholarships to low-income children in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties in New Jersey, honored both J. Peter Simon and CSF President Darla Romfo at its annual dinner. More than 600 people came out to support the honorees and the scholarship recipients the Fund assists.

At the Nov. 19th Tri-County Scholarship Fund Annual Awards Dinner: Tri-County Executive Director Gregory Floyd; J. Peter Simon, Hall of Fame honoree, and Timothy I. Duffy, Tri-County Chairman.

At the Nov. 19th Tri-County Scholarship Fund Annual Awards Dinner: Tri-County Executive Director Gregory Floyd; J. Peter Simon, Hall of Fame honoree, and Timothy I. Duffy, Tri-County Chairman.

Mr. Simon, co-chairman of W.E. Simon and Sons and the William E. Simon Foundation, praised Tri-County’s work as he accepted its Hall of Fame award, noting, “In this past year, every Tri-County senior graduated from high school and 99% of them went on to college. A high school education is a game-changer in people’s life pattern for earnings.”

Timothy I. Duffy, Chairman of Tri-County Scholarship Fund, presents the Making a Difference Award to CSF President Darla Romfo.

Timothy I. Duffy, Chairman of Tri-County Scholarship Fund, presents the Making a Difference Award to CSF President Darla Romfo.

Originally, the awards dinner was planned for October 29th, but following Hurricane Sandy the dinner was rescheduled for November 19th. Due to the schedule change, Ms. Romfo was unable to attend the dinner, and Tri-County Scholarship Fund presented her with its Making a Difference Award at a dinner in Manhattan.

To find out more about Tri-County Scholarship Fund and the children it helps, please visit www.tcsfund.org.

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CSF Co-Hosts Panel on Stemming School Closures

More than 130 people turned out last week for a panel discussion titled “Saving Catholic Schools,” co-hosted by Children’s Scholarship Fund and three other organizations. The event followed the recent announcement by the Archdiocese of New York that 27 of its schools are at risk of closing at the end of this school year. The at-risk schools currently serve 764 CSF Scholars, or roughly 10 percent of all CSF Scholars in New York City.

The "Saving Catholic Schools" panelists (l-r): Assemblyman Karim Camara; CSF Alum Jorvelyn Tejada; CSF President Darla Romfo; Principal Antwan Allen; Author Peter Meyer, and moderator Sheila Mulcahy.

The “Saving Catholic Schools” panelists (l-r): Assemblyman Karim Camara; CSF Alum Jorvelyn Tejada; CSF President Darla Romfo; Principal Antwan Allen; Author Peter Meyer, and moderator Sheila Mulcahy.

CSF President Darla Romfo and CSF Alum Jorvelyn Tejada served as panelists, along with Peter Meyer, author of Can Catholic Schools Be Saved?; Antwan Allen, Principal of St. Mark the Evangelist School, and Assemblyman Karim Camara of the New York State Assembly.

The panel discussed the financial challenges facing Catholic schools as well as the value they bring to the entire community, including the non-Catholic children who attend them and the neighborhoods that benefit from higher graduation rates and college entrance rates of Catholic school grads. Panelists argued that it is important for parents to have a diversity of schools, including Catholic schools, to choose from.

Jorvelyn Tejada and Darla Romfo listen as Assemblyman Karim Camara makes a point about the value of Catholic schools to the community.

Jorvelyn Tejada and Darla Romfo listen as Assemblyman Karim Camara makes a point about the value of Catholic schools to the community.

The Education Investment Incentives Act, which passed in the New York State Senate last spring, was raised as one possible solution to the difficulty of keeping Catholic schools open in the current economic climate. The Act would create an individual and corporate tax credit for donations to organizations providing scholarships to private schools.

The Inner-City Scholarship Fund (which partners with CSF in New York), Buffalo’s BISON Scholarship Fund (a CSF partner program), and the Guild of Catholic Lawyers also co-hosted the event.

CSF’s Fall Newsletter Is Here!

Read all about it! The latest CSF newsletter is hot off the presses.  Fall12NewsletterCoverWeb

Click through to the Fall 2012 newsletter to read:

  • Updates on CSF alumni graduation rates and the latest studies;
  • Highlights of CSF events in NYC and CSF partner events nationwide;
  • News about the Teddy Forstmann Scholarship Program, launched this fall,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here.

Season’s Greetings and Happy Reading from Children’s Scholarship Fund!