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The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund

The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund Giving parents a choice, giving children a chance. We’re taking our investment in our BISON families to the next level.

Founded in 1995, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund is a privately funded organization whose mission is to broaden the educational opportunities for Western New York children by helping low-income families afford the cost of private K-12 schools. For families of modest means (a $36,000 average BISON family income), access to quality education is made possible by the BISON Children’s Scholarship

Founded in 1995, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund is a privately funded organization whose mission is to broaden the educational opportunities for Western New York children by helping low-income families afford the cost of private K-12 schools. For families of modest means (a $36,000 average BISON family income), access to quality education is made possible by the BISON Children’s Scholarship

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This Cyber Monday and throughout the entire holiday season, shop Amazon Smile and donate to BISON by selecting our nonpr...
11/28/2022

This Cyber Monday and throughout the entire holiday season, shop Amazon Smile and donate to BISON by selecting our nonprofit at the top of your page. You can do all your holiday shopping and gift a child a chance to receive a quality education through one of our scholarships! Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of your total purchase to BISON!
1) Visit smile.amazon.com
2) Select The BISON SCHOLARSHIP FUND
3) Start shopping!

Friday Fun Fact: This school year BISON is supporting families who reside in 106 different zip codes across the eight co...
11/25/2022

Friday Fun Fact: This school year BISON is supporting families who reside in 106 different zip codes across the eight counties of Western New York!

As we approach Thanksgiving, BISON is incredibly grateful for our friends and supporters who recognize the importance of...
11/23/2022

As we approach Thanksgiving, BISON is incredibly grateful for our friends and supporters who recognize the importance of our mission, allowing us to serve thousands of children across WNY this year. On behalf of the over 1,900 K-12 Scholars, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with love, joy and gratitude!

Meet Gloria, a senior   Gloria shared her story at our Annual Celebration Event held. She is a former BISON Scholar and ...
11/17/2022

Meet Gloria, a senior Gloria shared her story at our Annual Celebration Event held. She is a former BISON Scholar and currently receiving the John R. Oishei Scholarship. She loves her coding classes, playing the trumpet and plans to study environmental science in college. Gloria concluded her remarks with, "I also am extremely grateful to the BISON Fund for the amount of support my family was given to be able to afford such great educations, not only for me but also my siblings. It was a blessing and a game-changer for my family because we would never have had the opportunities we’ve had. These opportunities have made a lasting impact on our interests and work ethic. Thank you!"

We are so proud to support students like Gloria!

Can't attend our Celebration Luncheon today? You can still participate in our Day of Giving! Your dollars today will be ...
10/20/2022

Can't attend our Celebration Luncheon today? You can still participate in our Day of Giving! Your dollars today will be matched up to $25,000. We have over 1,000 kiddos on our waitlist and your participation will help them receive the education they deserve! Please consider a gift! https://fundraise.givesmart.com/form/ENipTg?vid=1l5cc

10/13/2022
The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund

Come join us next Thursday, October 20th at 12PM to celebrate BISON at our Annual Celebration Event. BISON supports over 1,900 K-12 students annually via tuition assistance! Your support of this event allows us to continue our mission to change the educational landscape in WNY, one student at a time! Tickets and sponsorships available here: https://bisonfund.ticketspice.com/bison-luncheon-2022
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Giving parents a choice, giving children a chance.

Three weeks until we are gathered with over 1,000 of our friends to celebrate BISON!  Please consider joining us at our ...
09/29/2022

Three weeks until we are gathered with over 1,000 of our friends to celebrate BISON! Please consider joining us at our Annual Celebration Event, Thursday, October 20th at 12:00PM at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Individual tickets and sponsorships are still available by clicking here:
https://bisonfund.ticketspice.com/bison-luncheon-2022

Hope to see you there!

This week, we had the opportunity to meet Delyet, an 8th grader from Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. Delyet came to th...
09/15/2022

This week, we had the opportunity to meet Delyet, an 8th grader from Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. Delyet came to this country as a refugee and aspires to become a doctor. BISON is proud to support students like Delyet and nearly 1,900 scholars this year!

BACK TO SCHOOL! Look at these cute faces as our BISON Scholars headed back to school this week! ✏️📓✂️ This year BISON is...
09/08/2022

BACK TO SCHOOL! Look at these cute faces as our BISON Scholars headed back to school this week! ✏️📓✂️ This year BISON is proud to serve nearly 1,900 K-12 scholars across all eight counties of WNY making their private school education possible! Who was more excited for the first day of school...the kiddos or the parents?!😂

Last Thursday we hosted our 2022 BISON BASH at  It was a wonderful event to celebrate BISON and the impact it has on our...
06/07/2022

Last Thursday we hosted our 2022 BISON BASH at It was a wonderful event to celebrate BISON and the impact it has on our community. Congratulations to our President’s Council on the success of this event! Additionally, a huge thank you to all of our sponsors,

Thank you to our Teacher and Student Sponsors,    and  The event is tonight from 5:30PM-7:30PM at  Tickets are available...
06/02/2022

Thank you to our Teacher and Student Sponsors, and The event is tonight from 5:30PM-7:30PM at Tickets are available at the door!

We would like to thank one of our Principal Sponsors, Sandhill Investment Management  for their support of our 2022 BISO...
06/02/2022

We would like to thank one of our Principal Sponsors, Sandhill Investment Management for their support of our 2022 BISON BASH! The event is tonight! Come one, come all! Pre-sale tickets are available online via the link in our bio until 11am this morning! Tickets are also available at the door! See you tonight! Event starts at 5:30

We would like to thank  for their support for our 2022 BISON BASH! The event is tomorrow night and pre-sale tickets are ...
06/01/2022

We would like to thank for their support for our 2022 BISON BASH! The event is tomorrow night and pre-sale tickets are still available via the link in our bio! Also available at the door! Hope to see you all tomorrow!

We would like to thank our Hosting Sponsor,  for their support of our 2022 BISON BASH! All are welcome to attend this gr...
05/31/2022

We would like to thank our Hosting Sponsor, for their support of our 2022 BISON BASH! All are welcome to attend this great event, this Thursday, June 2nd! Tickets are available via the link in bio!

ONE WEEK TO GO!! Please join our President’s Council for this wonderful event to benefit BISON! Click on the link in bio...
05/26/2022

ONE WEEK TO GO!! Please join our President’s Council for this wonderful event to benefit BISON! Click on the link in bio to get your tickets! Hope to see you all there! 💚💙🦬

05/17/2022
This week the BISON Fund President’s Council visited Catholic Academy of West Buffalo for a reading day!  Lots of fun wa...
05/06/2022

This week the BISON Fund President’s Council visited Catholic Academy of West Buffalo for a reading day! Lots of fun was had by all and we were grateful to be able to get into the classroom and enjoy some time with the kiddos! 💚📚✏️

We have been making the rounds to our area high schools congratulating our inaugural class of graduating BISON recipient...
04/27/2022

We have been making the rounds to our area high schools congratulating our inaugural class of graduating BISON recipients! Stay tuned for more photos from our “Senior Tour”!

Last week we had the privilege of speaking at  Education Day!  Mary Elkhoury, a graduating BISON High School scholarship...
03/21/2022

Last week we had the privilege of speaking at Education Day! Mary Elkhoury, a graduating BISON High School scholarship recipient and a senior at also spoke as a representative of BISON and . She did a wonderful job and impressed the audience with her public speaking skills!

This week we continued our tour of schools at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School! NCCS is the only opportunity for Cath...
03/11/2022

This week we continued our tour of schools at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School! NCCS is the only opportunity for Catholic education in Chautauqua County! 📚✏️📓🚌

Congratulations to our two BISON board members, Tom Beecher and Tod Martin for being named to Business First’s Power 250...
03/07/2022

Congratulations to our two BISON board members, Tom Beecher and Tod Martin for being named to Business First’s Power 250 List! We are proud to have you both as champions of our cause!

We enjoyed our visit to  this morning! Excited to see all of the kids experiencing their school day mask free!
03/02/2022

We enjoyed our visit to this morning! Excited to see all of the kids experiencing their school day mask free!

02/24/2022

Former BISON recipient, Kiesha Adamczyk-Bennett, sang the National Anthem at our Annual Celebration Event in October. Her rendition was simply beautiful. In addition to her singing talent, she is a Licensed Real Estate Broker & the owner of Faith Real Estate Services, Inc. in Buffalo. Kiesha is an incredible young woman and we are honored to play a small role in her life!

We had a great time visiting Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls this morning. Did you know that 45% of Catholic Academy’s...
02/23/2022

We had a great time visiting Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls this morning. Did you know that 45% of Catholic Academy’s enrollment receives BISON assistance worth a total investment of $100,000 annually? Thank you for having us!

This school year, we are proud to support nearly 2,000 K-12 BISON Scholars residing in over 100 zip codes!
02/22/2022

This school year, we are proud to support nearly 2,000 K-12 BISON Scholars residing in over 100 zip codes!

As we head into Presidents' Day weekend and winter break, we are thankful for those pioneers who placed an emphasis on e...
02/18/2022

As we head into Presidents' Day weekend and winter break, we are thankful for those pioneers who placed an emphasis on education!

We are so proud to support our future, one child at a time!
02/09/2022

We are so proud to support our future, one child at a time!

Last week our Catholic schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week! Here is a peek of some of the fun theme days our school...
02/07/2022

Last week our Catholic schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week! Here is a peek of some of the fun theme days our schools had!

The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund allows parents to choose the school that best fits their child’s needs regardless ...
02/01/2022

The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund allows parents to choose the school that best fits their child’s needs regardless of income or zip code. BISON is proud to allow these parents school choice!

The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund is now accepting pre-applications from new families for the 2022-23 school year! V...
01/28/2022

The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund is now accepting pre-applications from new families for the 2022-23 school year! Visit www.bisonfund.com to apply.

Last week our BISON 8th grade scholars received their high school acceptance packages! We love the excitement of a new c...
01/26/2022

Last week our BISON 8th grade scholars received their high school acceptance packages! We love the excitement of a new chapter and look forward to following them into high school. Congratulations!

Business First recently highlighted BISON co-founder and visionary, Tom Beecher. He is an inspiration and a force of goo...
01/07/2022
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus visionary Thomas Beecher Jr. as busy as ever at 86 - Buffalo Business First

Business First recently highlighted BISON co-founder and visionary, Tom Beecher. He is an inspiration and a force of goodness and change for our community. Congratulations, Tom!

https://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2022/01/03/thomas-beecher-jr.html?utm_source=st&utm_medium=en&utm_campaign=me&utm_content=bu&ana=e_bu_me&j=26238255&senddate=2022-01-03

Age is just a number for Thomas Beecher Jr., who continues his dedication to the community through active board work with The Bison Fund, Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Our President’s Council had a great morning reading Christmas stories and doing crafts with St. Benedict School’s 2nd gr...
12/17/2021

Our President’s Council had a great morning reading Christmas stories and doing crafts with St. Benedict School’s 2nd grade classes. Thank you for having us!

Tomorrow is the day that we celebrate BISON at our annual Celebration Event.  It also kicks off our 24 hour Day of Givin...
10/20/2021

Tomorrow is the day that we celebrate BISON at our annual Celebration Event. It also kicks off our 24 hour Day of Giving! Please consider a donation to support one of the best organizations in WNY! REMEMBER…small reoccurring donations make a significant impact! Click here to be part it!
https://app.mobilecause.com/form/ENipTg?vid=mnluz

Please join us to celebrate our Annual Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, October 21st at 12:00 pm.  Tickets and sponsors...
09/30/2021

Please join us to celebrate our Annual Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, October 21st at 12:00 pm. Tickets and sponsorships are available by clicking the link below. We look forward to seeing you there!

https://tinyurl.com/BISON2021

https://conta.cc/3B0G6ez

The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund is so proud to support young men and women, like Jason, as they continue their hig...
09/22/2021

The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund is so proud to support young men and women, like Jason, as they continue their high school careers!

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The 8th grade takes community service very seriously. December is the month of thanks and giving and The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund was the latest recipient of help from a group of 8th graders. The students volunteered to write thank you notes to BISON donors. A great opportunity to help out an organization with a mission of giving all families the opportunity to afford the school of their choice.
So happy to MC the The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund Annual Luncheon and celebrate thousands of WNY children getting the opportunity to have quality educations because of millions of dollars in scholarships from generous donors!
Introducing our 2022 Friends of Father Baker Reception Honorees....

Paul Bauer, Thomas Beecher, Jr. & Chris Jacobs
Co-Founders of The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund

Determined that families should be able to choose the school that best fits their child’s needs regardless of their income or ZIP code, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund was created. Since its inception, BISON helps K-12 students in the eight counties of WNY. It works with more than 80 private schools and has awarded approximately 39,000 scholarships, boasting a private investment of $40.7 million since its inception.

Join us as we honor them:

https://www.olvcharities.org/friends-of-father-baker-tickets
Save the date for our Friends of Father Baker Reception!

Join us as we honor some outstanding individuals of the OLV community who truly walk the same path as Father Baker.

This year's honorees are:

Paul Bauer, Thomas Beecher Jr., and Chris Jacobs of The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund

David Zapfel of Gerard Place

Ryan Harrington
CSF partners across the country have been welcoming CSF Scholars back to school, including The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund in Western New York. "This year BISON is proud to serve nearly 1,900 K-12 Scholars across all eight counties of WNY, making their private school education possible! Who was more excited for the first day of school... the kiddos or the parents?"
Students in Sr. Diane's 2nd grade and Miss Lippert's 1st grade had a wonderful time on Tuesday. Members of the The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund President's Council visited their classrooms to read two stories. The books were then generously donated to the classroom library. The students were enthralled and loved their guest readers. Thanks BISON and the guest readers.
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I was honored to have sung our National Anthem for The Bison Children's Scholarship Fund's most recent annual luncheon. My siblings and I were awarded this scholarship when we attended Saint Margarets School, and I can't imagine where we would be academically if it weren't for our parents and the Bison Scholarship Fund.
I was also asked to give an expression of gratitude and to invite the audience of supporters to sow into this marvelous mission. I must admit that I was a bit fearful of the public speaking aspect, but i am so grateful that Cindy Benz McDonald Amy Popadick & Jean Lorigo, gave me the needed push to get up there and to tell my story. This event truly blessed me. Thank you, ladies, for the years of encouragement and for the chance to share my story on this platform. 💥A special thank you to my friend Officer Benjamin Pasiak for accompanying me on the guitar!
❤If you are in need of financial assistance for your child's education, please do not hesitate to apply👇

https://bisonfund.com/

The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund

❤As for the rest of us, let us continue to financially support this beautiful cause and to keep The Bison Fund in our prayers that they may continue to grow and assist families in need❤
The The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund just held their annual celebration luncheon! This luncheon is part of BISON's work to raise money for scholarships for western New York students whose families need help paying for the cost of private schooling. Since 1995, BISON has awarded over 37,000 scholarships to western New York students! We've been fortunate to receive BISON funding for our families and are so grateful for all of their support! Thank you, BISON, for making it possible for families to choose where their child attends school!
Today National Fuel had the honor of attending The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund's Annual Celebration Luncheon. It was a great event- good to gather for such a wonderful cause. We at National Fuel support 4 BISON high school scholarships for students from their freshmen to senior years. Right now, the NFG scholars are in their junior year- we're very proud of their accomplishments.
This afternoon we welcome back the The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund for their Annual Celebration Luncheon!

*Reminder that MASKS are REQUIRED at the BNCC*
Did you attend an Open House this weekend at a school you'd love to attend? Check to see if you might be eligible to apply for the Oishei High School Scholarship that covers 100% of tuition! Go to www.edcowny.org to learn more! St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Canisius High School Mount St. Mary Academy Mount Mercy The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund The Park School of Buffalo Buffalo Seminary Nardin Academy Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School Cardinal O'Hara High School St. Mary's High School Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart Education Collaborative of WNY Buffalo Prep
The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund helps 13 different students at Timon be able to afford a private education including Jason Echevarria ‘24.
Jason was asked to speak yesterday morning at the Buffalo Club about what this scholarship has meant to his family, and some of the opportunities Jason has taken advantage of during his time at Timon.
Thank you BISON for all that you do for the Timon community.
Do you know a child currently attending public school who would benefit from a NativityMiguel education? If so, please let the student's family know that the deadline to apply for a scholarship of up to $2,500 from the The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund is February 28. Go to https://bisonfund.com/our-scholarships/ for details.
Great News! The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund has increased the maximum scholarship amount to $2,500. To learn more please click the following link: https://bit.ly/2LJOqe5
On the third day of Christmas NOSF would like to recognize and thank all of its other partner programs including the Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF).

CSF has been improving education on a national scale since its founding in 1998. They achieve this by offering financial, capacity-building, and management and operations support to scholarship organizations nationwide which become CSF partner programs.

The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund
Children's Scholarship Fund New Hampshire
ACE Scholarships
and the many more....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! We are grateful to call of you a partner.
This upcoming school year, as well as virtual Zoom calls and learning remotely, we're seeing a lot of virtual events. Our Buffalo partner, The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund, will be holding their annual luncheon virtually this year. Check out this video and find out how they are making a difference. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=326398055283550&extid=0MGGEn2l3qtfOydv
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