Faith in the Future Announces a New Scholarship Fund from the Howley Foundation

Monday, February 20th


(Philadelphia, PA) Faith in the Future is pleased to announce a $576,000 scholarship program from the Howley Foundation. The funding will be directed through the Faith in the Future Foundation and administered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education. This program is designed to help students who are economically challenged benefit from a high-quality Catholic education at one of our outstanding 17 Archdiocesan High Schools. The Howley’s believe that education is one of the most important catalysts to promoting positive change in individuals and society as a whole.

The Howley Foundation’s commitment will provide these funds for 45 freshmen students in the class of 2021 to high school students at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, John W. Hallahan Catholic High School for Girls, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School, Roman Catholic Preparatory High School, West Catholic Preparatory High School, Bishop McDevitt High School, and Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls.

Current eighth-grade students interested in receiving a Howley scholarship will need to apply to the high school they wish to attend, and will need to ask to be considered for a Howley scholarship. This financial unburdening of families is designed to bring the best and the brightest students to our Archdiocesan schools, regardless of economic background.

The mission of the Howley Foundation is to award academic scholarships and provide tuition assistance to elementary, high school, and college students and support educational organizations primarily in Northeast Ohio and Philadelphia. The creation of a scholarship fund will become a key tool in helping these high schools meet enrollment goals and better attract qualified, deserving students.

The Howley scholarships will be based on a combination of merit and need. Students who receive a Howley scholarship are identified as very likely to succeed in high school and have both the academic skills and personal character to persist and graduate from college. These awards are renewable for each of the four years the students attend his or her high school. Howley Scholars are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

This partnership between Faith in the Future, the Office of Catholic Education, and the Howley Foundation offers an incredible opportunity for many deserving students in Philadelphia. The mission of Faith in the Future is to provide a Catholic education for any child that desires it. This scholarship fund is another step in that direction, making access to educational funding easier and more available to deserving students.

Since 2013, Faith in the Future has brought in over $5 million in new scholarship funding for students at the 17 Archdiocesan high schools. Between scholarships, financial aid, and EITC and OSTC credits, total aid has increased from $10.9 million in 2011-2012 to $20.8 million in 2015-16. With additional scholarships like these, more students and families are able to attend and afford our schools every year.

Samuel Casey Carter, Faith in the Future CEO, voiced his excitement over these scholarships. “Nick and Lorie Howley are nationally recognized giants in support of Catholic education. For the last several years in Philadelphia we have been so lucky to have their daughter, Meg Miktus, sponsor scholarships in our schools, but now to expand and increase their commitment to next year’s incoming class on this scale demonstrates both the extraordinary generosity of the Howley family and how the rebirth of Catholic schools in this region deserves the national attention it is getting. The Howley’s gift is great news for families who want this educational opportunity but cannot otherwise afford it.”