FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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 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. 

Current Families: 

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

 

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

 

"Friends of St. John" Tuition Assistance Fund

"Friends of St. John" 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, please submit a hand-written letter to request consideration for the coming school year, or use the google form below. The letter must be received by the end of April. Please send this letter to the School Office, c/o Principal Jonna Johnson.  

Families will be selected based on the following criteria:

- Demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

- Demonstrate a commitment to St John the Baptist School.

- Demonstrate a sense of service through volunteerism with the School or Parish.

 

**Important!**  We ask that if you are a Family that wishes to appeal to Friends of St. John 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!! 

Scholarships For Enrolled Students 

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

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Mark and Agnes Weisbeck Scholarship Award

Two Scholarships of $1,250 will be awarded to two Students going into K-8th Grade for the 2021-2022 School Year.

This award was established by Thomas Weisbeck in memory of his parents, Mark & Agnes Weisbeck.

 

Students will be selected on the following criteria:

- Exhibits positive Catholic values towards others.

-Displays a commitment to academic excellence.

- Shows respect and compassion for others.

- Displays service to the school and community. 

- Displays attributes of forgiveness and kindness toward others.
- Demonstrates an ability to be well-spoken, and communicate well in writing.

Shawn's Heroes of Life Scholarship Award

Tuition/Family Assistance for the 2021-2022 School Year.
 
Students will be selected on the following criteria:
- Parent/Guardian must be a Veteran or in active military service.
- The Family must present a financial need (loss of work, medical expenses, etc).

Strong Catholic Christian Faith Scholarship Award

Two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded - one to a Student going into 4th grade, and one to a Student going into 7th grade.

This award is given in memory of S. Rita (Loughlin) Thielman, by the Joe Blind family, for Valerie Blind’s mother.

Students will be selected based on the following criteria:

- Displays discipleship and service to others.

- Treats peers in a Christian manner.

- Displays a love of learning, especially in the areas of Reading and Library use.

- Displays a commitment to academic excellence.

"Guardian Angel Grant" Scholarship Award

A ​$500 Scholarship will be awarded to a Student going into K-8th Grade for the 2021-2022 School Year. 

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. 

 

A Family will be selected based on the following criteria:

​- Student displays discipleship and service.

- Supports the School in terms of extracurricular activities/involvement.

- Family has significant volunteer involvement in the School/Parish/Community.

- Student displays a commitment to academics.

"I am St. John's" Scholarship Award

A ​$500 Scholarship will be awarded to a Student going into 6th Grade for the 2021-2022 School Year. 

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. 

 

A Student will be selected based on the following criteria:

- Displays discipleship and service.

- Treats his or her peers in a Christian manner.

- Supports the school in terms of extracurricular involvement.

- Displays a commitment to academics.

- Displays St John's school spirit.

Bielet/Starwaldt Family Scholarship Award

Two $250 Scholarships will be awarded to Students going into K-8th Grade for the 2021-2022 School Year.

 

 Students will be selected on the following criteria:
- Demonstrating a firm commitment to the Catholic Faith. 
- Demonstrating a dedication of service to the School & Community.