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Knights Of Columbus St. Mary’s Council # 4444. St. Mary Catholic School Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Questions!. Did you know that Catholic Schools save the state of Florida over $600 Million per year? Do you know what it costs to send one child to Catholic School?

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Knights of columbus st mary s council 4444

Knights Of ColumbusSt. Mary’s Council # 4444

St. Mary Catholic School

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)


Did you know that Catholic Schools save the state of Florida over $600 Million per year?

Do you know what it costs to send one child to Catholic School?

How about 2 or 3 or 4 children?

St mary s school tuition fort walton beach
St. Mary’s School TuitionFort Walton Beach

St. Mary’s Catholic School Tuition

1 Child: $3800.00

2 Children: $5850.00

3 Children: $8250.00

4 Children: $9520.00

Registration $150/Child $275 Max/Family

Books: $200 - $220 Per Child

Tap goal 1
TAP Goal #1

Assist eligible Knights in providing a Catholic education for their children

His Holiness John Paul II:“Rising costs may call for new approaches, new forms of partnership and sharing, new uses of financial resources, but I am sure that all concerned will face the challenge of Catholic Schools with courage and dedication, and not doubt the value of the sacrifices to be made.”

Tap goal 2
TAP Goal #2

Boost Council Membership

  • 31 Total enrollees – 2009/2010

  • 24 New Members – in two Years

  • 8 transfers or reactivations

Tap goal 3
TAP Goal #3

Boost Council Activity.

  • Provided over 3000 documented volunteer hours in two Years.

  • Over 230 hours of participation in 2010 Handicapped Citizens Drive.

  • 5 – Members on new 2nd degree team

  • 4 - Council Program Directors

  • 2 – Council Officers – incoming GK and DGK enrolled in program.

Program requirements
Program Requirements

Inspired by 24 hour Knight Program

  • Dues must be kept current.

  • Attend 3 General Business Meetings per year.

  • 3 hours participation in the handicapped citizen’s drive. - Required

  • Participation in one service program event. - Flexible

Program requirements cont
Program Requirements (Cont)

  • Participation in 2 fundraising events per year. – One should be a TAP Event.

  • Requirements are waived for deployed service members

  • Make up requirements at discretion of Committee Chairman and Grand Knight.

    Requirements should be tailored for your council’s needs.

How does it work

  • Catholic Fathers with children in Catholic School are invited to join the Knights of Columbus and enroll in the Tuition Assistance Program. Program is also open to any Grandfather or Uncle of child enrolled in Catholic School– Direct marketing.

  • Knights are required to meet a 24 hour per year activity requirement. – Flexible but tailored to council needs.

How does it work1

  • Dedicated fundraising events are held to fund the program, using Knights signed up in the program. – Quality over Quantity

    • Partnered with local businesses. –out-of-the-box approaches.

    • $24K raised and presented to the School in two years.

    • Fundraising efforts away from Church and Hall has helped with membership.

How does it work2

  • Amount of tuition assistance is pro-rated up or down depending on how much money is raised by fundraising events.

    • No financial burden on Council.

    • Program can raise as much money as enrollees need. – Motivation

  • Knights not meeting the requirements will not receive the tuition assistance.

  • 2008 2010 results
    2008-2010 Results

    • Helped families who needed help: Provided tuition assistance in the amounts of $332 per family in 1st year and $570 in the 2nd year.

    • Boosted Council Membership and Activity. – Slides 5 and 6.


      Rev. Msgr Michael Cherup, “We no longer have a Men’s club; the Knights of Columbus are my Men’s club”.

    Way forward
    Way Forward

    • Find a Champion: Preferably, a Knight with children in Catholic School

    • Form a Committee: Must be diverse.

      • Members with children in Catholic School

      • Members without children in Catholic School

      • Financial Secretary – to discuss viability

      • Grand Knight – Will ultimately be responsible.

    Way forward1
    Way Forward

    • Determine amount of tuition assistance (goal) and activity requirements (tailored to your Council)

    • Contact the School Principal and Parish Priest –

      • Try to get buy-in, but it is not required.

      • Both should have a list of families with children attending Catholic Schools.

      • Tell them the Knights of Columbus would like to help families with the rising cost of Catholic tuition

    Way forward2
    Way Forward

    • Complete Handbook/bylaws

    • Advertise through Church Parish or directly through the school.

    Questions comments

    Contact Doug White, TAP Committee Chairman

    [email protected]



    Ed Villarreal, Grand Knight

    [email protected]