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Tuition programs help 294 high school students

Two Archdiocese of Omaha programs will provide more than $300,000 in tuition assistance to 294 students attending 17 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese this year, officials announced Sept. 19.

"Providing our students with aid to continue education in a Catholic high school is a top priority for the archdiocese," said Shannan Brommer, director of the archdiocese's Stewardship and Development Office. "The tuition assistance programs offered through the archdiocese give many students the opportunity to attend Catholic high schools.

Catholic schools partner with parents to educate students to become responsible and active moral citizens in our communities by providing important faith formation and exemplary academic experiences," she said.

The Omaha Archdiocesan Educational Foundation (OAEF) provided a total of $113,400 to assist students, while more than $200,000 has been budgeted from the Archbishop's Annual Appeal Scholarship Program, Brommer said.

Established in 1975, OAEF provides long-range supplementary funding for the continuation and development of Catholic education within the archdiocese.

Recognizing a greater need for tuition assistance in Catholic high schools, the Archbishop's Annual Appeal funded scholarships for the 2006-2007 school year. And since that time, the programs have provided more than $1 million toward scholarships.

Guidelines for tuition assistance eligibility are based on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunches Program. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year will be available at high schools in January. Spanish versions of applications also are available.

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