Our Mission

Since 1999, CSF-C has invested nearly $10 million in nearly 8,000 scholarships; approximately 350-400 children are enrolled in the program each year. CSF-C is the largest privately funded scholarship program in NC and the only privately funded program scholarship program in Mecklenburg County.

Applicants’ families must meet the following criteria:

  • Families must reside in Charlotte and/or Mecklenburg County
  • Children must be attending K-8th grade during the year of funding
  • Families must qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program
  • Children must be entering Kindergarten or transferring from a public school

Scholarship amounts are determined by the family’s size and income, and the school’s tuition amount; the maximum award per child is $2,500.

Each family is required to contribute at least $500 every year toward the children’s educations; we’re giving them a hand up, not a hand out.

Each family/child must re-qualify every year to continue funding.

In order to maintain enrollment at a desired level, applications are received in the spring on a first-come, first-serve basis. Should there be attrition throughout the year, a waiting list consisting of qualified applicants is applied.

Family Information (as of November 30, 2016):

  • Average family’s gross income: $34,027
  • Average tuition per child: $6,771
  • Average “award” per child: $1,714
  • Average family payment over the “award”: $2,157

Enrollment Information (as of May 2015):

  • Total schools participating in program: 48
  • Grade Distribution:
    • Kindergarten (10.4%)
    • Grade 1 (11.8%))
    • Grade 2 (15.6%)
    • Grade 3 (14.4%)
    • Grade 4 (8.9%)
    • Grade 5 (12.1%)
    • Grade 6 (8.9%)
    • Grade 7 (8.9%)
    • Grade 8 (8.9%)