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Introducing Opportunity and Hope, a new book by Naomi Schaefer Riley

Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) is pleased to announce the publication of Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives through Scholarships by Naomi Schaefer Riley, author, former Wall Street Journal editor, and columnist for the New York Post.

In this new book, Ms. Riley profiles ten young men and women from across America whose lives were improved when they were awarded scholarships to attend private schools. Nearly all of these students received assistance from CSF or CSF partner programs.

Jason Tejada, one of the CSF alumni profiled who recently graduated from Columbia and now works at JPMorgan Chase, featured prominently in Ms. Riley’s column in yesterday’s New York Post.

Jason and the other scholarship alumni included in Opportunity and Hope represent the 139,000 children who have benefited from a CSF scholarship since our inception in 1998. These young adults are living proof of what can happen when families are empowered to choose the schools that best meet their children’s needs. Thank you to all our generous donors who make their stories possible!

Champions for Children Kicks Off Super Bowl Week

On a chilly night a few days before the Super Bowl, Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) gathered supporters and friends at the New York Athletic Club for our first Champions for Children reception.

New York sports legends Ottis “O.J.” Anderson (Super Bowl MVP & former New York Giant) and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick) were honored with CSF’s Champions for Children awards along with A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

Guests heard board member Remy Trafelet talk about why he supports CSF, and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada introduced our honorees. Jason, who graduated from Columbia University last May and now works at JPMorgan Chase, is a living example of the opportunities CSF scholarships can make possible.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

In their remarks, our honorees made it clear that beyond their athletic successes, they are committed to making life easier for those less fortunate, particularly for children who need access to a good education.   

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

We were especially pleased to host the choir from Trey Whitfield School, where several CSF Scholars attend. What a treat it was to hear them singing “Just the Way You Are” in what turned out to be a preview of Bruno Mars’ half-time performance at the Super Bowl!

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Thank you to our honorees, to the Trey Whitfield choir, to all those who donated items for our live and silent auctions, to Eagel Sports Promotions, Inc., and to everyone who showed their support for the event. A special thank you goes out to our event sponsors: The Speedwell Foundation; Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Sequential Brands Group.

For more photos from the event, please visit CSF’s Facebook page.


CSF’s Fall Newsletter Released

coverimageThis just in: the Fall 2013 CSF newsletter is here! Click through to read:

  • A special thank you from a CSF parent;
  • Coverage on the recent NY rally for education tax credits;
  • News on CSF alumni graduation rates;
  • Highlights of CSF and CSF partner events across the country;
  • A feature on a Harlem cooking workshop for CSF families,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here. If you would like a hard copy, please email us.

Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at the Children’s Scholarship Fund!


Cardinal Dolan Celebrates Ted Forstmann’s Legacy

Cardinal Dolan commemorated the contributions of three prominent education philanthropists in his recent blog post and we are honored to see our co-founder, Ted Forstmann, among them. Peter Flanigan, Ted Forstmann, and Paul Woolard all made significant contributions to giving New York families access to quality school options through their involvement with the Partnership for Catholic Schools, Inner-City Scholarship Fund, and Children’s Scholarship Fund.

When speaking of Ted, he says:

Ted admired our schools for their splendid academics and emphasis on character, virtue, and faith, but he also admitted that, as a successful businessman, he considered support for our struggling schools to be a shrewd investment, producing competent, reliable leaders for the community, and because private schools served as healthy competitors to the unhealthy monopoly of public education.  This is what lead him to co-found the Children’s Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students in Catholic and other private schools throughout the country.

Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for celebrating Ted’s legacy and the work of the Children’s Scholarship Fund. We are honored to be working towards the greater goal of maximizing educational opportunity for all children and realizing Ted’s vision.

New CSF Annual Report Available Now

CSF’s 2012-13 annual report is hot off the presses today and available for downloading at:

Take a moment to read about some of the thousands of families nationwide who are using scholarships provided by CSF or CSF partner programs and find out how parental choice in education is making a difference in the lives of more and more families.


WSJ Publishes Letter to the Editor from CSF’s Chair and President on Peter Flanigan’s Legacy

The Wall Street Journal just published a letter to the editor from CSF Chair Mike McCurry and CSF President Darla Romfo in response to the paper’s recent editorial about the late Peter Flanigan’s education reform legacy.

In their letter, McCurry and Romfo urge a new generation of leaders to “take up the mantle and make [Flanigan’s] dream of a decent education for every American child a reality.”

You can read the full letter here:

CSF Remembers Peter M. Flanigan

By Darla M. Romfo, CSF President

All of us at Children’s Scholarship Fund were deeply saddened to learn of Peter M. Flanigan’s death earlier this week.

The list of charitable and reform-minded educational endeavors that were either started by Peter or lucky enough to have his association is a long one. And who knows how many children’s lives were changed by his tireless efforts? Perhaps he knows that number now.

Peter was one of a kind and will never be replaced. I am grateful to have known him and had a chance to learn from both his example and the clarity of thought he brought to any discussion.

Our sincere condolences go to Peter’s wife, his children and their families. His memory will live on in the lives of thousands of children who received a better education through his efforts.