Catholic School and Parish Leadership
Catholic schools located within the boundaries of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph that are planning to enroll a child who has a significant intellectual / developmental disability or learning difference may apply for a FIRE grant if/when specific criteria is met. Catholic schools and parish communities receiving FIRE grants are committed to fully embracing inclusive education within their school and assuming ownership of the inclusion program. Potential grantees are encouraged to apply school enrollment policies and guidelines (tithing requirements, available space, etc.) when considering enrollment of a student who will need significant support. When possible, it’s desirable to offer special consideration for children who already have siblings attending the school.
Parents of Child with Special Needs
Please contact your school principal to request a meeting to express your desire for your child to attend your parish school. Parents are encouraged to provide any appropriate information to the principal including diagnosis, contact information of child’s current school, educational plans, etc., to assist the school in determining what resources will be needed to meet the specific needs of your child. All parents of children who benefit directly from FIRE Foundation support are asked to become members of Friends of FIRE!
Principals, Priests & Special Educators
The FIRE Foundation awards scholarships annually to students who attend FIRE partner schools (located within the boundaries of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph) and who have demonstrated a commitment to the philosophy of inclusive Catholic education. Applications are available from the FIRE Office or through the Principal’s Office of the FIRE Partner school that student attends. The Heart of FIRE Scholarship is awarded in the spring of each year to:
- At least one graduating senior who demonstrates commitment to helping classmates who are diagnosed with a range of learning challenges through friendship, academic support and peer mentorship. (scholarships vary in amount but are usually at least $1000)
- One or more graduating 8th graders who are planning to attend a Catholic high school. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to helping classmates who are diagnosed with learning challenges through friendship, academic support and peer mentorship. (scholarships vary in amount but are usually at least $500)
Check back for details for the 2024 Heart of FIRE Scholarship Application for HS Seniors or 8th Grade Graduate. Scholarship applications include a student essay as well as a recommendation from a teacher or adult who has observed the student supporting a peer who has an intellectual or developmental disability.