The mission of the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund is to support the growth and development of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd through catechist formation, missionary outreach, and the work of the National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGSUSA).
To these ends, the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund offers a source of financial aid (in the form of partial scholarships) to applicants who would find paying the full tuition of a course to be a hardship.
The Tina Lillig Memorial Fund is a source of grants for missionary outreach to organizations working to open atria in underserved regions of the United States.
The Tina Lillig Memorial Fund also supports the purpose, mission and vision of the National Association through direct support to the Association and its Endowment fund.
Monies for financial aid and grant awards come from direct donations to the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund from members of the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGSUSA) and others who are interested in supporting this aspect of the work.
All applicants for financial aid or grants from the Fund must be a member of the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd’s website, www.cgsusa.org, provides information on becoming a member. Membership will be verified by the National Association’s office before applications will be considered by the Fund’s Advisory Committee.
Applications are considered by the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund Advisory Committee up to two to three times a year (as detailed below), or as funds are otherwise available for disbursement. Applications are considered in the order they are received. Incomplete applications will not be considered for support. Applicants will be contacted within two weeks upon receipt of the application with further information on the determination process that will apply to the application.
For financial aid applications by those attending courses that are “summer intensives” (course sessions meeting June, July or August), deadline for applications is April 30. Grant applications are also considered at this time. Determinations by the Fund Advisory Committee and disbursements of any awarded funds will be made by June 1.
All other applications for financial aid or grants received by the deadline of October 30 will be considered for support as funds remain available for disbursement. Determinations by the Fund Advisory Committee and disbursements of any awarded funds will be made by December 1.
Considerations for financial aid (scholarship) applicants:
- Personal Investment: We expect the applicant to have a personal financial investment in their formation in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Carefully review your financial resources and determine what you can personally contribute to your formation.
- Community Support: Applicants must have strong support from the community in which they will serve. It is expected that the community will make a financial investment in the formation of the catechist. Please include on your application the financial support you will receive from your faith community. In addition, you must supply one letter of recommendation from a person in your community who is or will be involved with your work.
- Nationally Approved Course: The course you enroll in must be approved by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. These courses are listed on our website: www.cgsusa.org. The assigned course number for the course will be on this listing.
The typical maximum award is 1/3 of the amount of the total cost of the course or less; please be aware that it is not possible for the Fund to cover the entire tuition for a course.
Considerations for grant applicants:
Types of Grants
- Materials: this grant is to be used to defray the costs of materials needed to set up an atrium. It can include the cost of small power tools for the making of materials, the cost of larger materials that need to be purchased and finished by the catechist, or the purchase of other materials necessary for the physical set up of an atrium.
- Formation Leader Stipend: this grant is to be used to underwrite a portion of a formation leader’s stipend for a course offered by an organization for its catechists (this grant stipulates that the formation leader agrees to offer the course at a reduced rate for the organization).
- Total Tuition Support: this grant provides complete tuition for an individual applicant who because of unique circumstances cannot pay any portion of the tuition for a course. This includes members of religious orders that cannot contribute to the tuition costs of a course.
Community Support: Grant applicants must have strong support from the community in which they serve. It is expected that the community will make a financial investment in the establishment of atria. The typical maximum grant award is generally less than $500. It is our goal to provide support for the development and growth of atria that need assistance. It is not possible for the Fund to meet all needs completely.