June 15, 2015 (Kansas City, Kan.): Bishop Ward High School is proud to announce that it has earned a $250,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as part of the Individual Schools grant process benefiting district, charter, and private schools in the greater Kansas City area.
“This is an incredible opportunity to partner with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. A gift of this magnitude can help transform the quality of education at Bishop Ward to teach the future leaders in our community. I am deeply grateful for their willingness to partner with us in the education of young people in the Kansas City area,” said Bishop Ward president, Reverend Thomas Schrader, O. Carm.
The grant will be used to support Bishop Ward’s Project ForWard initiative, which includes programs such as Academy of Finance, ACT preparation and college readiness, Spanish-language initiatives, and other extracurricular programs that will help to enhance students’ preparation for their post-high school lives.
“The grant from the Kauffman Foundation provides such a great opportunity and is such a blessing. I am excited for how it will help prepare our students for success and help fulfill the mission here at Bishop Ward,” said Bishop Ward principal, Karen Hopson.
Bishop Ward is located in the heart of the Wyandotte County urban core. Bishop Ward is the only Catholic high school in the county and the only high school in Kansas to provide the Academy of Finance program teaching financial literacy.
“The Kauffman Foundation makes grants to individual schools in pursuit of our vision of improving academic outcomes for Kansas City students,” said Aaron North, vice president of Education at the Foundation. “These grants are intended to support and strengthen schools and programs that serve as proof points that all students can meet high academic expectations, regardless of income.”
This grant will make it possible to fund ambitious academic programs while also giving Bishop Ward the flexibility to fund key scholarships needed for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to gain a quality, Catholic education in the urban core.