August 3, 2012

Troy family uses tuition help to keep four kids in Catholic school

the Banet Family

David, Mary Anne and family. Four of the children are attending Guardian Angels Catholic School in Clawson and are receiving tuition assistance.

An archdiocesan-wide goal in the Changing Lives Together campaign is to generate an additional $15 million for that part of the archdiocesan endowment fund that provides tuition assistance grants of up to $800 for Catholic students attending K-8 Catholic schools in southeast Michigan. These funds are making a Catholic education possible for families weathering the recession, changes in life circumstances, or experiencing other financial challenges. Catholic high school students can qualify for up to $500 per year in archdiocesan tuition assistance.

Troy residents David and Mary Anne have four of their eight children enrolled in Guardian Angels Catholic School in neighboring Clawson. All of their children have attended Guardian Angels, and tuition assistance became a necessity when the recession forced David into a career change after 25 years in the automotive industry.

“We took a huge hit in income, and while we have always watched our pennies, which you have to do when you are blessed with eight kids, we decided that a Catholic education for our children had to be a top priority,” explained David. “We learned that we qualified for tuition assistance from the Archdiocese of Detroit. Combined with the tuition break we receive through enrolling multiple children in the school, this tuition assistance has made it possible for us to keep the kids in Catholic school at Guardian Angels.”

Erika (8th grade); Jennifer (7th); Anthony (5th); and Nicholas (2nd) will all benefit from archdiocesan tuition assistance when they start classes this fall. “We don’t want our kids to be raised on television and the internet,” said David. “We want them to be educated in a Catholic, faith-based environment with educators, parents, and students that share our values,” he continued. “I’m building a new career in insurance and annuities, and God willing, when my business builds, I hope to reciprocate by making a contribution to the tuition assistance funds that made it possible for my kids to attend Guardian Angels.”

The Archdiocese of Detroit’s tuition assistance program was started through the Stewards for Tomorrow fundraising campaign in 1993-95. Since then, more than 57,000 tuition grants have been issued. Of the 2011-2012 enrollment of 28,899 Catholic school students in grades 1-12 in southeast Michigan, 2,572 students – nearly nine percent – received archdiocesan tuition assistance.

Updated August 2012

Changing Lives Together is a series of parish campaigns to generate resources to fulfill parish-developed plans and priorities. Learn more about the initiative in your parish.