Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future Launch “Transfer Advantage” Campaign

Thursday, July 10th

The Office of Catholic Education (OCE) and Faith in the Future are proud to announce the launch of a new transfer grant campaign, taking place in all 17 Archdiocesan high schools. The “Transfer Advantage” campaign is an outreach to parents of any students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grades who are not currently enrolled at an Archdiocesan high school. Transfer students, who meet all admission requirements and are accepted to one of the 17 Archdiocesan high schools, would be eligible to receive a $1,000 grant for the 2014-2015 academic year.

In addition to the roll out of a new website, www.transferadvantage.org, radio and transit campaigns are also being launched in Philadelphia and the four suburban counties and will run through early Fall. The tag line for the campaign is, “It’s their future. Don’t settle.” The transit campaign began June 27th and runs through September 21st. The radio campaign will begin airing on local stations July 14th and will run through August 17th.

Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education said, “We are thrilled to launch this new initiative. With ‘Transfer Advantage,’ our purpose is simple: to attract potential students not currently enrolled at an Archdiocesan high school who are interested in learning more about the gift of Catholic education right here in their own backyards. Recently, we announced that graduates of the Class of 2014 earned a staggering $320 million in college scholarships. That record number is a testament to what a quality Catholic high school education is worth in the Philadelphia area. Along with our partners at Faith in the Future, whose mission is to help ensure that every family that desires a Catholic education has access to one, we are committed to making this initiative a success across all 17 of our high schools.”

Current Archdiocesan high school students, though not eligible for the $1,000 “Transfer Advantage” grant, are still eligible for other programs including need-based assistance, financial aid and scholarship opportunities. A summary of high school financial assistance available to current students can be found at www.affordcatholicschool.org. These programs provide significant financial help and support to almost half of the students attending the 17 Archdiocesan high schools. For the 2012-2013 academic year, students received close to $13 million in tuition assistance and scholarships to attend Archdiocesan high schools.

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