We Are St. John's School

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.


Scholarships For Enrolled Students 

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

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Friends of St. John Scholarship

The "Friends of St. John"  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. The letter must be received by April. 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 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!!  


Mark and 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. 

Strong Catholic Christian Faith Award

The Strong Catholic Christian Faith Award is an award established In 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. 

Guardian Angel Scholarship

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. 

"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.