Meet Joseph, a CSFP student in 6th grade at St. Pio Regional Catholic School. THis enthusiastic student loves his school and family, and has big dreams. Joseph says his school feels like a family, is learning how to rollerblade, and has Hollywood aspirations of becoming a director.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I like to play baseball and soccer, play the saxophone, play video games and trying to learn how to roller blade

Q: What is your favorite thing about your school?
A: It’s like a family. They have always been there for me, since Pre-K. When I’m sad or having problems they help me.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school?
A: Science.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher and why?
A: Ms. Jodi Perri, my 4th grade teacher, because she has given me support, and helped me know what I can do, and taught me never to give up.

Q: Who is your role model and why do you look up to them?
A: My Nan. She was a hard worker and always showed love. She made me understand the value of family and respect.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I’m not sure yet. I was thinking I would like to be a producer or director like George Lucas.

Q: What is your favorite activity in the summer? What do you want to do this summer?
A: I go to the city summer camp, and then this year I will also be volunteering at my school’s Bible camp.

Joseph’s Mother
Q: What are your hopes for your child(ren)?
A: To get a good Catholic education and further his education with college.

Q: Why do you think it is important for your child(ren) to attend a tuition-based school in Philadelphia? Are there any improvements you have seen since choosing a tuition-based school?
A: I think by paying tuition my child isn’t just a number in the system, he is a student in the community. He isn’t just a requirement, he is someone who is acknowledged.

Q: How does your CSFP scholarship affect your family?
A: Because of this scholarship, my son can continue at Catholic school.

Q: How did you feel when you were notified that you won the CSFP lottery? What was your reaction?
A: Shocked and so thankful.

Q: What would you tell others about CSFP?
A: Apply and don’t give up. You have to try but remember to give back to the community in return.