The Cullen Foundation serves the residents of Erie County by providing funding and support that significantly enhances the education of students in grades pre-K through 12 and advances theater and the performing arts. 


Students of color who will enter grade 6 in the 2024-2025 academic year seeking a unique and rewarding academic experience at an EdCo School have an exciting opportunity.


Cullen Foundation is excited to announce the relaunch of the Cullen Scholars Scholarship program. Cullen Foundation seeks to assist families of high-achieving students of color in mitigating the financial challenges of attaining a private middle school and high school education through our Cullen Scholars program. Cullen Foundation believes that access to high quality education is critical for individual and community success.

To this end, we provide an opportunity to a select group of high-performing students who will enter grade 6 in the 2024-2025 school year to receive scholarship support through grade 12. We enable each scholar to attend a private school of his/her choosing within the BISON Scholarship Fund network of schools (in Erie County) and subsequently the Education Collaborative of WNY (EdCo) network of high schools. 

The scholarship application portal opens on January 1, 2024 and closes on March 1, 2024. All applications must be submitted through the application portal which can be accessed through the following link:

Scholarship Information, Eligibility Criteria and Application Portal Information

Cullen Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, financial need, and character. Scholarships are partial (do not cover the full cost of tuition) and are renewable for up to seven years while the student continues to attend a BISON school or EdCo high school school, and meets the required academic and financial criteria each year.

Cullen Scholars are required to participate in Buffalo Prep, which provides access,  preparation, and support to students in their advancement towards success in college preparatory high schools and higher education.

The Cullen Scholars Program provides access to private schools for students of color from low-income households. For the 2024-2025 school year, the Cullen Foundation will grant scholarship awards as follows: 

  • The award for Middle School Scholars in 2024-2025 will cover base tuition up to $4,050 and a technology and activity stipend of $250 annually
  • The award for High School Scholars in 2024-2025 will cover base tuition up to $12,750 and a technology and activity stipend of $500 annually. 

Scholarship payments are made directly to the BISON Fund or the EdCo partner school the applicant attends.

Below are links to more information regarding the Cullen Scholars program, eligibility criteria and application information:

Cullen Scholars Program Brochure

Buffalo Prep Information

Cullen Scholars Application Tips

If you have any questions, need technical assistance while completing the application process or would like to speak about the Cullen Scholars program please email Nick Schifano at or Jessica Cristiano at