Mind, Heart and Spirit
Sometimes, just a few hundred dollars stand in the way of a child and a chance.
"If a family wants their child to have a Catholic school education, and they can't afford it, that's a shame," said Don Cloud.
His wife Pat agrees.
"Catholic school is a great opportunity and the best chance some children have to succeed in life."
In 2006, these Colorado natives decided to "make a lasting differ- ence," and set up a special fund to provide yearly scholarships for students at St. Mary's High School. The Cloud Family Fund is what's known as an endowed fund and is a permanent source of annual income that will always provide scholarships for St. Mary's students with financial need.
"Going to Catholic school shouldn't be a financial struggle," said Don. "Unfortunately, for some families, it's a struggle. I feel like if you can help, you should."
The Clouds hope to encourage others to set up an endowed fund or contribute to an existing one supporting a parish or other ministry of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
"If you care deeply about the future of the Catholic Church, this is a really good thing to do," said Pat.