Essex Catholic High School Foundation Scholarships provide financial support to students attending Roman Catholic high schools in the United States who are children or grandchildren or other descendants of ECHS alumni. The Foundation annually awards three competitive scholarships of $1,000 each to students who are accepted and will be entering grades 9 through 12. The deadline for submitting an application to the Foundation Scholarship Committee is midnight, August 1, for the forthcoming academic year. Scholarships will be awarded by September 1.

The contact person for scholarships is Foundation Scholarship Committee Chairman Roger Desiderio ’67rdesiderio@benditweinstock.com973-736-9800

Read this thank you letter from Seton Hall Prep:

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Application Process

  • Applicants must provide proof of acceptance to a Catholic high school.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation with the application.
  • The applicant must complete part one of the application and the parent(s) can assist as necessary.
  • The parent(s) must complete part two of the application.

Mail applications and/ or letters to:

  • Essex Catholic High School Foundation Scholarship
    c/o Decker Tape Products
    2 Stewart Place
    Fairfield, NJ 07004-2202
  • If you have any questions, please call the
    ECHS Foundation Scholarship Committee Chairman at (973) 736-9800.
  • Contact Person:
    Roger Desiderio

Our Partnership With Cristo Rey Newark

We are pleased and proud to support Cristo Rey Newark High School, our “adopted high school,” where challenging academics combined with real-world employment establish a foundation for success in higher education and the workforce for young adults from urban families with limited economic resources. Cristo Rey Newark, founded in 2007 at the former Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, is part of the nationwide, 35-school Cristo Rey Network and the only coeducational Catholic high school in Newark. The school has graduated more than 430 students, with a 100% college acceptance rate and nearly $70 million in scholarships (as of 2018) and partnered with more than 60 public, private and nonprofit corporations. The Foundation supports Cristo Rey Newark financially through an annual donation and fundraising events such as the 300 Broadway Reception and Tour and Alumni Golf Outing. Several Essex Catholic alumni donate their time and talents as athletic coaches.