Financial Aid and Scholarships

It is our belief at St. John the Baptist School that no child should be denied a Catholic School education due to financial difficulties. Therefore, we encourage you to talk with our Principal, Mrs. Jonna Johnson or with our Pastoral Administrator, Deborah Brown (at the Rectory) about your Family's personal needs. All tuition matters are kept extremely confidential. 

The "Friends of St. John’s"  Fund

"Friends of St. John's" is a fund that our Parish, School and Community contribute to throughout the year to assist with tuition expenses for K-8th Grades. 

Interested in donating to this fund? Please visit our  Online Donation Page. THANK YOU for your support!

To apply for tuition assistance through the Friends of St. John's, please submit a hand-written letter to request consideration for the coming school year. The letter must be received by April, 2020. Please send this letter to the School Office, c/o Principal Jonna Johnson.  

**Important!** We ask that if you are a Family that wishes to appeal to Friends of St. John's for assistance or apply for any of our Scholarships for the upcoming year (below), that you first show that you have applied to the Bison Fund.You do not need to have received funds to qualify for these other sources of aid, only that you have applied. Thank you!! 


The Bison Fund 

The BISON Scholarship Fund is a privately funded partial tuition assistance program for low-income children living in the eight counties of Western New York: Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Wyoming and Orleans. Families awarded a BISON scholarship are able to send their K-8 grade child to the private or Catholic school of their choice. Assistance is awarded by an annual lottery drawing each May. Awards are based solely on need; they are not academic or race-based scholarships. Applications for the next school year will be available in the beginning of January on the Bison Fund website. In order to process your application more efficiently, please do not submit application to the school. If you have questions or need more information, Contact Cindy McDonald at 716-854-0869. 


New Families: New Applicant Key Dates/ Deadlines (new School year dates will be posted as soon as they are available)

January 1 – February 28, 2020:  New Applicant Pre-Application Form for 2020-21 school year available. 

March 1, 2020:  Lottery drawing to award new scholarships, families selected will be notified by email with a link to fill out the full online application.  Families waitlisted will also be notified by email. 

April 30, 2020:  Deadline for new awardees to complete the full online application. Awards are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

May 1, 2020: Awards will begin to be issued and families will be notified of scholarship amount. 

Current Families:

If you are currently enrolled in our program you do NOT need to fill out a Pre-Application Form. 

The BISON Office will be sending you an email in February 2019 with more information and a link to renew your scholarship online for the 2019-20 school year. 

If you are adding a sibling, you will have the ability to do that on your online re-qualification paperwork by clicking, “add a sibling.” 

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy McDonald.

The Catholic Elementary School Tuition Grant Program (CTGP)

2020-21 CTGP Form

The Catholic Elementary School Tuition Grant Program (CTGP) is offered to families who are confirmed “active parishioners” of a Diocese of Buffalo Parish without a school who enroll their child(ren) in a parish affiliated Catholic school in the Diocese of Buffalo. Families that meet the criteria for “active Parishioners” are considered our “Parishioners” for the purpose of school tuition charges, once the Parishioner Verification Form located on the last page is completed by the family, signed by their Parish Pastor and returned to the parish affiliated Catholic school. Families that do not meet the criteria of active parishioner will not qualify for the Tuition Grant and will be required to pay non-parishioner tuition rates. 

Families that would like to be eligible for CTGP must be registered Parishioners at a Diocese of Buffalo Parish that does not have its own Catholic elementary school. During each quarter, the family must meet the criteria for an “active Parishioner” to be eligible for the “Parishioner” tuition rate. The family must have their child(ren) registered at a Parish Catholic school. The parents of the student(s) should complete the Parishioner Verification Form, located on the last page of the booklet, and submit the form to be reviewed and signed by the pastor of the parish where they are registered. They must meet the criteria for an “active Parishioner” throughout the school year.  

If the family meets the criteria established for an “active Parishioner”, the pastor of their parish should sign the Parishioner Verification Form, retain the original document and send one copy of the form to the Catholic school where the child(ren) are registered and provide one copy to the family. The pastor will verify the family’s “active Parishioner” status by phone in the first week of December, March and June. 

For Enrolled Students 

St John's offers the following scholarships to returning students each year: 

"I am St. John's" Award: This award is given in memory of Carol Buczak. Carol dedicated many years of service to St. John’s parish and school while she was alive. The "I Am St. John’s" Award is granted to a 5th grade student registered for 6th grade in September who displays discipleship and service, treats his/her peers in a Christian manner, supports the school in extracurricular activities, shows a willingness to help, displays commitment to academics, and displays St. John’s School spirit. 

The Guardian Angel Award: This award is given in memory of Carol Buczak. Carol dedicated many years of service to St. John’s parish and school while she was alive. The Guardian Angel Award is given to a family that displays discipleship and service, supports his/her school in extracurricular involvement. The family demonstrated significant volunteer involvement in both the school and parish community and the children display a commitment to academics. 

Matthew Manicki Endowment Scholarship Fund: The Matthew Manicki Scholarship Fund was created in Memory of Matthew Manicki who graduated from St. John’s School in June of 1988. Matthew was the editor of the school paper, and was interested in creative writing. Writing short stories was one of his favorite past-time activities. This award is an opportunity to inspire creative writing in our 5th, 6th and 7th grade students. The award of a full tuition scholarship to St. John’s School for the coming year is given to the student who writes the best creative writing piece. 

Strong Catholic Christian Faith Award:The Strong Catholic Christian Faith Award is an award establishedIn Memory of S. Rita (Loughlin) Thielman by the Joe Blind family in memory of Valerie Blind’s mother. Each year two $500.00 tuition vouchers will be awarded to two students (one student in 3rd grade going into 4th grade and the other to a 6th grade student going into 7th grade). These students display discipleship and service to other, treat peers in a Christian manner, display love of learning by extracurricular reading and use of the Library, are committed to academics and display school spirit. 

Mark & Agnes Weisbeck Scholarship Award: This award was established by Thomas Weisbeck in memory of his parents, Mark & Agnes Weisbeck. A full tuition scholarship is given to one student entering Kindergarten to Grade 8 who treats others in Christian manner, displays commitment to academics, displays service to the school and community, and shows St. John’s School spirit. 


The Bielat Family Scholarships: The Bielat and Starwalt Families of Dunkirk, NY have chosen to expand to St. John the Baptist School, this year and provide four $250 Scholarships. The Bielat Family Scholarships were established three years ago, to honor beloved family members, Ignatius Bielat and his sister Lucille Bielat. 

Four individual scholarships will be awarded to students who will be returning to St. John the Baptist, for the 2019-2020 academic and faith-based school year. 

Scholarships will be accessed according to financial need and/or the quality of responses on the application.  Students will be able to use drawings, sentences, short paragraphs, or essays according to their grade level and academic skills, to best answer Bielat Family Scholarship questions.  

A $250 Tuition Scholarship will be awarded to four students who will be entering 1st – 7th grades. The applications must be submitted by 3:00 PM May 31st; applications will not be accepted after the deadline. The Scholarship winners will be announced at the Academic Awards Ceremony on June 17th, 2019. 

Completed applications should be given to Mrs. Johnson. For additional information, please contact Michele D. Starwalt at 716-467-1769 or by E-mail.