The 1990s

“A Catholic education is an advantage for life” has been the slogan for Los Angeles Catholic Schools for many years. The Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation Board wanted all children to have access to Catholic education and dedicated funding for both Catholic elementary schools and high schools in the 1990s.

In 1992 the Doheny High School Scholarship Program was started to support students in over 40 Catholic high schools in Los Angeles. Funds allow students who otherwise would not be able to attend a Catholic high school the opportunity to do so. Students who receive the scholarship show Mrs. Doheny’s qualities of service to others.

Sacred Heart High School “Comets” Class of 1995.
Sacred Heart High School class of 1999 preparing to celebrate graduation.
Cathedral Catholic High School students gather for an assembly.
Two young men from Cathedral High School Class of 2000 proudly wear their letterman jackets.

What started out as a matching grant program in 1997 with 13 LA Catholic elementary schools, has grown into a Challenge Grant Program with 50 LA Catholic elementary schools in underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods. The “challenge” of the Challenge Grant program encourages schools to strive to better themselves and provides funds to increase community families’ access to Catholic education. Challenges have ranged from Enrollment, Fundraising, and Academics to Wraparound Services and Spiritual Development.

A reading lesson at St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School.
Students enjoying PE at St. Anthony Elementary School.

In the late 1980s the Catholic Education Foundation was founded to provide tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students attending Catholic elementary and high schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation has supported CEF since its inception.

Time to study at Sacred Heart Elementary School!
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