Cullen Scholars Press Release July 17, 2017



Program eases tuition costs for families of high-achieving students attending local private schools


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Cullen Foundation today announced it has awarded $55,815 in 2017-2018 scholarship awards, benefitting a total of 10 students enrolled in the scholarship program’s eligible schools. The Cullen Scholars program seeks to mitigate financial challenges for families of high achieving students attending a private middle school and high school in Erie County. Each year, the program offers a select group of high-performing students entering grades 5 and 9 the opportunity to receive an annual scholarship for a private school in the BISON Scholarship Fund or Education Collaborative of WNY networks.


The private schools that hosted an inaugural student for this year’s program include Cardinal O’Hara High School; Christian Central; Mount St. Mary Academy; Nardin Academy; NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo; New Creation Fellowship Academy; Our Lady of Black Rock; Saint Francis High School; St. Joseph University School; and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.


“As part of our continued commitment to increase access to high quality education and invest in the futures of our region’s underserved students, the Foundation is proud to support students attending the many fine private institutions in Erie County,” said Florine Luhr, president of Cullen Foundation.  “We are also pleased to have such valuable local partners assist us in our efforts to facilitate this program, which offers unique educational opportunities to some of our community’s brightest and

most deserving students.”


Scholarships are based on a student’s academic achievement, financial need, and character. The scholarships are partial and renewable for up to eight years, contingent on meeting Cullen Foundation’s academic and financial criteria each year. For the 2017-2018 school year, Cullen Foundation granted scholarship awards of up to $2,700 per year to middle school recipients and $8,500 per year to high school recipients.


Students accepted as Cullen Scholars participate in Buffalo Prep, which provides students with academic enrichment experiences throughout the year. 


The program’s eligibility criteria for students includes an academic standing of at least a “B” average or above; demonstration of financial need; and a nomination by a BISON Fund school for a middle school scholarship or Education Collaborative WNY school for a high school scholarship.


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