20,825 Applicants

Number of applicants for the 2015 / 2016 school year




Total award dollars given for 2015 / 2016 school year


11,800 Students

Total students who received scholarships for 2015 / 2016




Qualified Need of all applicants for 2015 / 2016



Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools

Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools, BLOCS, is an independent charitable organization supported by individuals, companies, firms and foundations of all sizes in the five county Philadelphia region. Since 1980, BLOCS has invested in the lives of tens of thousands of children throughout the Philadelphia area, including some of the poorest neighborhoods in the City.

BLOCS is committed to giving children access to a high quality, values based education in Philadelphia area Catholic schools. From its inception BLOCS has been supported by a diverse group of businesses and individuals.

Children who attend grade school, high school or the schools of special education in and around Philadelphia are eligible for BLOCS Scholarships. Through its scholarships, BLOCS reaches more children in more communities than almost any other private education charity in the region.

During the 2017-2018 school year, BLOCS was able to grant partial tuition scholarships to more than 14,000 students and raise over 19.5 million dollars in funds for families in need.

With the support of its Board, friends, and donors, BLOCS endeavors to increase the number of scholarships distributed each year and help strengthen the schools for future generations and for the good of our region.

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BLOCS operates with a very small staff, utilizing as many resources as we can to keep our costs low. We are proud that only 5.3 cents from every dollar goes to operating expenses. We have also secured a Platinum Rating from GuideStar, showing our commitment to transparency.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now open

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