The Catholic Education Foundation: Bringing high-quality, faith-based education to all children, regardless of their financial situation.

The Gaudeamus benefit gala is the largest annual fundraiser for the Catholic Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity that provides financial assistance scholarships for at-risk students at the lowest poverty levels.

CEF provides nearly 1,500 scholarships each year for low-income students to attend 25 K-12 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. The outcomes of high-quality, faith-based education are clear, with seniors supported by CEF scholarships achieving a 100% graduation rate in the 2020-'21 school year.

Learn more about the schools we serve, the scholarships we offer, and the students whose lives have been changed thanks to your generosity.

Gaudeamus: CEF's Annual Benefit Gala

The Catholic Education Foundation’s Gaudeamus benefit gala has been the backbone of scholarship funding for low-income Catholic school students in northeast Kansas for 18 years. Gaudeamus, meaning "let us rejoice", provides 80% of the annual funds needed for CEF’s tuition-assistance scholarships for students most in need.

This October, we’re thrilled to bring our community back together at the Overland Park Convention Center to celebrate the strength, resilience, and hope CEF students, schools, and supporters have embodied over the past year.

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