As TMP-Marian and Holy Family Elementary make preparations for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, enrollment for those wishing to attend either of the Catholic, private schools might have become closer to a reality regardless of financial position. The Leo J. & Albina Dreiling Trust has gifted the schools $100,000 to be used to assist those whose enrollment may be limited by financial means.

“Hays has a deep history of educational diversity that has enriched the lifestyle of Ellis County for generations,” said Advancement Director, Troy Ruda. “Along with Fort Hays State University, NCK Tech and the public school district, TMP-Marian and Holy Family add to the diversity of educational offerings that make us all better. We owe the Dreiling Trust a debt of gratitude for its history of support to ensure Catholic education in Ellis County remains a thriving reality,” continued Ruda.

TMP-Marian and Holy Family Elementary operate on a stewardship model of funding in which enrollment is based on the giving of time, talent and treasure to one of the seven Heartland Catholic Parishes in addition to a minimal student fee. Fees are determined each year and as expenses continue to rise, fees continue to trend upward.

“The generosity of the gift of fee assistance from the Dreiling Trust will ensure that families that wish for a Catholic, private education but may struggle with fees are still able to receive it for years to come,” said Ruda.

“The generosity of the Dreiling Trust makes possible faith formation along with educational excellence to all families who wish for their children to have that experience. Holy Family Elementary is grateful for the continued support of our schools to make Catholic education available to all,” said Holy Family Elementary Principal, Rachel Wentling. "This gift allows our Catholic schools to offer an affordable Catholic education to any family who desires it, regardless of income. This is paramount in making the Gospel message and faith education available to a wider population. We can't thank the Dreiling Trust enough for this precious gift," added TMP-Marian Principal, Chad Meitner.

Families in need of assistance or information regarding enrollment in TMP-Marian or Holy Family Elementary are encouraged to contact Tom Meagher, Business Director at (785) 625-6577 or meaghert@tmpmarian.org. Those interested are also able to vist hfehays.org or tmp-m.org for information regarding the fee assistance application.

Thomas More Prep-Marian and Holy Family Elementary are Catholic schools serving grades K-12. Students come from Hays, the surrounding region, and from countries around the world.