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BISON Children's Scholarship Fund receives $3.5 million grant from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation


Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 05:40 pm

Largest grant in BISON’s history will be divided across Western New York, Rochester & Syracuse to support K-12 scholarships and provide technology assistance for low-income families

The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund announced a $3.5 million grant from the New York-based Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. This is the largest grant in BISON Fund history, and it allows the BISON Fund to expand its reach across Western New York and administer financial support through existing programs in Rochester and Syracuse.

The grant will be split among the three regions to provide support in the following areas:

√ Western New York: $1,000,000 for K-12 scholarships; $500,000 for student’s technology needs

√ Rochester: $500,000 for K-12 scholarships; $500,000 for student’s technology needs, via Building a Brighter Future Scholarship

√ Syracuse: $500,000 for K-12 scholarships; $500,000 for student’s technology needs, via Scholarships for Scholars

“Mother Cabrini Health Foundation’s investment brings about a truly exciting opportunity for the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund,” Amy E. Popadick, executive director, BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund. “It allows us to serve more students across upstate New York, and work with existing programs in Rochester and Syracuse to provide financial support for students in those regions. It will eliminate barriers and provide educational opportunities to many children who often face obstacles in their pursuit of learning.”

Popadick added, “This is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to fund technology needs, which will address a critical issue that far too many students have experienced while learning virtually. This holistic approach ensures students can be successful, whether they are in the school building or participating in virtual or hybrid learning settings.”

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation was founded in 2018 after the sale of Fidelis Care, a nonprofit health insurer created by the Catholic bishops of New York. It provides grants to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities and bridge gaps in health services. The foundation focuses on funding programs that provide services to low-income individuals and families; youth and young adults; and other vulnerable or underserved populations.

“BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund provides solutions for thousands of low-income families who want a better education for their children but can’t afford it. By investing in BISON, we are investing in the futures of the Western New York, Rochester and Syracuse regions,” said Robert M. Bennett, a Mother Cabrini Health Foundation board member and chancellor emeritus of the New York State Board of Regents. “We are proud to support such a successful program that provides children and families immediate access to a safe, quality, values-based education and much needed technology resources.”

BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund is a privately funded tuition assistance program whose mission is to broaden the educational opportunities for children in grades K-12 by helping low-income families afford the cost of tuition at local private schools. It is the only K-12 scholarship organization in Western and upstate New York, and the K-8 program is the fifth-largest of its kind nationally. Dollars raised in Western New York remain within the eight counties of the region and help make quality education accessible to children, regardless of families’ income or ZIP code.

To learn more about the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund, visit www.bisonfund.com.

Since 1995, BISON has awarded 35,000 scholarships with a private investment of $35 million. This school year, BISON is serving over 1,900 K-12 scholars in 81 different schools..

For more information on the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, visit https://www.cabrinihealth.org/.

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