3 Members (Meeting members). Term: 4 years. Meets in February. Reports in June. Hosts in October.
Duties: Following a schedule established from year to year by Friends Council on Education:
- Maintains responsibility for disbursing tuition assistance to children of Meeting members attending primary and secondary Friends Schools.
- Notifies Meeting members of the procedures and deadlines for requests for aid, usually through Communications.
- Ascertains from the treasurer the available funds.
- Allocates funds in one or two meetings and instructs the treasurer to issue the checks.
- Committee members are expected to maintain confidentiality regarding scholarship requests.
The application for Quaker students planning to attend a K-12 Friends school in 2020-21 is now available on the Friends Council on Education website. The application takes less than 5 minutes to complete and Newtown Meeting families should send completed applications to Laura Kinnel, clerk of NMM’s Tuition Assistance Committee, by February 10. Applications can be mailed to Laura’s attention at PO Box 224, Newtown, dropped in the Financial Oversight mail bin in the meeting office, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope or return email address.
While the largest source of financial aid for families with children in Friends schools is the schools themselves, Newtown Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), and the National Friends Education Fund (NFEF)—working in partnership with the schools—seek to make a Friends’ education in grades K-12 more affordable by providing additional aid to Quaker families. The grants from these three sources are applied for with a single application. This application, along with lots of helpful information, is available on the Friends Council on Education website. Students are also required to apply for aid through the school’s financial aid process in order to be eligible for this additional tuition assistance.
Applications will be signed and returned to families within a week of receipt, and families are responsible for passing the signed form on to the school. (Those who are not yet sure which school a child will be attending, should complete one application for each school.) The school will notify Friends Council on Education in June of those students who have applied for and are eligible for the PYM/FEF grant (based on the school’s assessment of financial need).
Families will be notified in early summer of the size of the grant that Newtown Meeting is able to make. To be eligible to apply for aid from Newtown Meeting, either the child or one parent must have been a member of the meeting for two years by the time of the application deadline (so for the 2020-21 school year that would be since at least February 2018). Those who have been members for at least one year prior to the start of the school year for which they are requesting aid are eligible to apply for the grant from the National Friends Education Fund/Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The PYM/NFEF grants are available for students attending Friends schools in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area (which includes Newtown Friends and George School), while Newtown Meeting funds are available for students attending any K-12 Friends school.
Friends who are interested in helping to build the funds which are the source of this aid are invited to contribute to Newtown Meeting’s endowment for education (checks can be sent the meeting’s treasurer), The National Friends Education Fund under the care of the Friends Council on Education .