The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Grant request to support the operating costs of Providence Catholic School.

Grant Information
Categories Education
Location South Texas
Cycle Year 2012
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) Providence Catholic School of San Antonio
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Contact Information
Contact Name Alicia Garcia
Phone 210-224-6651
1215 N. St. Mary's St.
San Antonio
Additional Information
Used for Providence Catholic School, a single-gender, college-prep school established in 1951 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, will use this grant to supplement the operating budget of the school. These funds will provide critical budget relief and allow Providence to maintain, through scholarships and tuition assistance, its longstanding tradition and commitment of access to quality education for all.
Benefits For decades, modern Catholic schools have been advancing solutions to the problems so many schools face today; and families across the nation continue to choose Catholic schools for the faith formation, high academic standards, values-added education and safe school environment such schools provide. Because research shows these are the same qualities that facilitate graduation from high school, and success beyond, for students like those at Providence, where 32 percent reside in high-risk ZIP codes, it’s more crucial than ever for the support of organizations like yours. When you provide educational opportunity to a girl, you provide educational opportunity for her family.
Proposal Description The Congregation of Divine Providence, which has been educating young Texans since 1868, established Providence High School in 1951 to educate young women in San Antonio. For more than half a century, Providence has delivered excellence in education integrating these core values: Striving for Excellence, Nourishing Faith in God, Practicing Integrity, and Working for Justice.

A single-gender, college preparatory school for grades 6-12, Providence is focused solely on educational opportunity for young women, teaching girls in the unique ways they learn best. Providence encourages students to develop their intellectual curiosity, deepen their faith, practice integrity and seek justice, nurturing their strengths as young women along the way. The school provides middle school and high school students an academically challenging curriculum, a spiritually enriching environment, and the tools they need become successful adults, charitable citizens and effective leaders.

Approximately $10 million in college scholarships and grants was offered to the graduating Class of 2012. Providence boasts of three graduates who are recipients of The Gates Millennium Scholars Program in the last four years, providing scholarship money through doctoral studies. Students must complete a total of 28 credits to graduate from Providence, requirements which fulfill the Texas State Recommended and Distinguished Diploma requirements.

Providence also offers outstanding extracurricular programs, including Student Council, National Honor Society and Peer Assistance & Leadership; performing arts programs including theater, choir, dance and band, and nine competitive sports.

Though the actual cost for Providence to educate a student is $8,530 annually, the school has managed to cap tuition/fees at a more affordable $8,167 a year. The difference comes directly from the annual operating budget through our fundraising efforts. In fact, Providence has supported 14.9 percent of its student body (three-year average) through scholarships and tuition assistance. This effort leaves the administration less for general operating needs or to support capital improvements necessary to maintain an aging campus and keep up with rising costs. Our current needs are as basic as renewing time-worn student desks and campus walkways, as future-forward as enhancing curriculum to keep up with our changing world, and as costly as purchasing shuttle vans for student transportation to athletic competitions and replacing an old and inefficient boiler system to heat/cool the school.

We are respectfully requesting The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation join us in supporting the education of women in Texas with a grant that will fund operating costs of our school. By providing a general support grant in the amount of $5,000, you will be partnering with us to sustain quality Catholic education and the kind of educational opportunity that changes lives.

We sincerely thank you for your generosity to Catholic schools and our community in general, an we invite you to meet with us and gather the information needed to provide your support.