NFCYM “Family of Websites”  All NFCYM Sites ▼

Scholarships Header Image


Catholic Youth Foundation USA (CYFUSA) provides scholarships associated with three different NFCYM conferences. While all three seek to assist those in financial need, each scholarship program/conference focuses on different groups and has different application/award processes. The three scholarship programs are:

  1. Scholarships for the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM).
  2. Scholarships for the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). Information will be available on this page in Spring 2017.
  3. Scholarship assistance for NFCYM's Annual Membership Meeting. This program is limited to staff from NFCYM member dioceses/organizations. Information is available on the Annual Membership Meeting site in NFCYM's private intranet.

National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM)

Connect in Christ (NCCYM 2016 Theme Logo)The 2016 NCCYM, December 1-3, in San Jose, is sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). It is the largest conference in the country for adults who minister to and with Catholic young people. The NCCYM gathers youth and campus ministers, religious education leaders, clergy and religious, young adult ministers, performers, artists and volunteers for three days of inspiring keynotes, challenging workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, extensive networking, hundreds of resource exhibits, and good-hearted entertainment.

Catholic Youth Foundation USA provides scholarship assistance to NCCYM through four separate programs.

  • Sr. Thea Bowman Memorial Scholarship
    The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry has authorized a scholarship in the name of Sr. Thea Bowman. A Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, Sr. Thea lived life with hope, love, and justice. She was a tireless advocate, consistently educating and preaching about the need to break down racial and cultural barriers. Her lively presentations combined singing, gospel preaching, prayer, and storytelling, always inspiring people to live deeply the Catholic values of justice and peace. This scholarship, totaling $750, is given to assist multicultural members from NFCYM affiliated dioceses.
  • Mary Jean Hart Memorial Scholarship
    The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry has authorized a scholarship in the name of Mary Jean Hart, a past chairperson of the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF). Mary Jean represented the Camp Fire Agape program for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia through the transition from the NCYOF to the NFCYM over thirty years ago. This scholarship, totaling $750, is given to assist Girl Scout or Camp Fire leaders from NFCYM affiliated dioceses.
  • Colette A. Kennett Youth Ministry Scholarship
    The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry has authorized a scholarship in the name of Colette A. Kennett, diocesan director for the Diocese of Bellville for twenty-five years, member of the NFCYM board of directors, and long-time advocate and representative for Girl Scouts and Camp. This scholarship is given to assist youth ministry leaders and volunteers from the Diocese of Belleville.
  • NFCYM Regional Scholarships
    A limited number of scholarships covering the registration fee for NCCYM are available to affiliated dioceses. CYFUSA is administering the scholarship application process and will forward the applications for each region to the appropriate regional representative.

The deadline for all of these scholarships has now passed.

National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)

Scholarships to NCYC are available to those in financial need. They are intended to:

  • Increase the participation of young people from diverse cultural backgrounds and geographic settings
  • Help support those in financial need due to economic hardship
  • Include young people with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities.

Catholic Youth Foundation USA (CYFUSA) uses the money collected during the closing Mass to provide scholarships to youth across the country. Approximately $115,000 was collected in 2013 and CYFUSA was able to provide 1,479 scholarships for the 2015 NCYC.

Scholarships cover the cost of NCYC registration: in 2015, the cost was $215 per person for those from NFCYM-affiliated dioceses. There were more than 2,700 requests for scholarships in 2015. Your donation makes a difference.

3,000 Scholarships

CYFUSA would like to raise enough funds to offer 3,000 Scholarships so young people can attend the 2017 NCYC.

Graph of Scholarships 2007-2017

So, what can you do? Four things:

  • Pray for our young people and for the success of the 2017 NCYC.
  • Donate today so another young person can attend the 2017 NCYC. We provided 1479 scholarships in 2015, BUT we had to say no to over 1,200 other kids.
  • Organize your youth group to begin fundraising now.
  • Come to the 2017 NCYC!

The CYFUSA and NFCYM strive to be consistent with Catholic Church teaching in all its content. On this website you will find links to outside resources, including some from non-church organizations. These links do not constitute an endorsement by CYFUSA/NFCYM of all content on these sites and none should be inferred. The CYFUSA/NFCYM is not responsible for the content of these outside organizations' websites.

NFCYM logoCYFUSA is a subsidiary of the
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
415 Michigan Ave NE • Suite 40 • Washington, DC 20017
PH: 202-636-3825 • FX: 202-526-7544 • EMAIL:

Listed with Christian Charities USA
Contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign United Way of the National Capital Area

Follow Us on Facebook

If you are a federal employee, you can contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #10336).