Our School Partners
Our scholarship program is a three-way partnership between San Damiano Scholars, our partner schools and our families and scholars, all of whom are invested in the educational success of the students we serve. Our school partners are urban Catholic schools in the city of Baton Rouge: Redemptorist St. Gerard School, St. Francis Xavier School and Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School.
The mission of Redemptorist St. Gerard School provides Catholic formation in which students enhance spirituality, pursue academic excellence, and create caring community as they develop their God-given potential.
The mission of St. Francis Xavier School is to provide for the spiritual, academic, social, physical, and emotional growth and development of its students in a Christian environment.
Franciscan High School’s mission is to prepare young people for lives of faith, purpose and service.
Committed to our mission to serve students from communities most in need, our college preparatory curriculum integrates rigorous content with meaningful work experience and faith formation.
Inspired by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady to be living witnesses to the Gospel message, we are committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the fulfillment of each student’s God given potential.
Impact on the Community
Educational attainment in our community is a significant need and a barrier to breaking cycles of generational poverty and economic mobility. Research shows education is the great equalizer, but too many kids in Baton Rouge have the odds stacked against them by limited access, or no access, to good schools. San Damiano Scholars works exclusively to eliminate financial barriers to quality, Catholic school education. By providing scholarship funding through the State of Louisiana’s Student Tuition Organization program, San Damiano Scholars ensures access to educational opportunity to low-resource families in our community from grades K to 12.