Socioeconomic diversity was central to Founder Maggie Daley’s vision for FXW. She wanted to keep tuition affordable while annually awarding financial assistance to at least 30 percent of enrolled students. FXW’s financial independence from both of its parish “homes”, Old St. Pat’s and Holy Name Cathedral, made this goal even more ambitious. The challenge was an opportunity for a creative solution, and Children at the Crossroads (CATC) was founded.
CATC, a non-profit foundation, helps to ensure that FXW remains a reflection of the entire city of Chicago, welcoming children from every neighborhood, regardless of financial need. CATC awarded its first scholarship in 1990. In twenty-five years, CATC has awarded over 540 scholarships totaling over 10.6 million dollars.
CATC funds scholarships through the generous donations of individuals and foundations in addition to hosting several events throughout the year that benefit CATC scholarships, including a Golf Outing, Scholarship Dinner, and the Ultimate Family Playdate. The parishioners at both Holy Name Cathedral and Old St. Patrick parishes also generously support CATC on the annual “Scholarship Sunday.”
All those who support CATC with their contributions “underwrite” the vision of the FXW founders to make the unique educational opportunity FXW presents available to all Chicago children, regardless of a family’s financial situation.