The Classroom Champion Award was established almost 10 years ago to assist a deserving “CORA Kid” who has worked to overcome social or academic challenges. CORA has introduced a second opportunity that will benefit a local student leader heading to a parochial or private high school.

The James F. Harron Classroom Champion Award, named in honor of CORA’s longtime president and CEO, was established to reward an extraordinary high school student who has received services from CORA. It was initiated to acknowledge an 11th or 12th grader who has overcome considerable adversity and achieved notable academic progress and/or made significant contributions to their school or community. The award winner will receive a $1,000, made payable to their high school, college, university or trade school.

To apply for the 2017 Classroom Champion, Download application here

CORA Classroom Champion Award 2017


Shannon Miller, 2015 Classroom Champion

Christian Brown, 2016 Classroom Champion

Christian Brown, 2016 Classroom Champion

CORA’s newest scholarship opportunity, The Peer Helper Award was established to reward an exceptional 8th grade student for their participation in CORA’s Peer Helper Program, which fosters leadership and enables students to mentor younger children and serve as positive role models. CORA Counselors run Peer Helper Programs at 6 area Catholic grade schools, St. Anselm, St. Christopher, St. Martha, St. Matthew, Blessed Trinity and Holy Innocents. Peer Helpers is approaching its 25th anniversary and CORA is excited to celebrate this impactful program by rewarding a current Peer Helper with $1,000 to the high school of the recipient’s choice to supplement their tuition.

To apply for the 2017 Peer Helper Award, Download application here CORA Peer Helper Scholarship Award 2017

The deadline to apply for both scholarships is Friday, May 5, 2017. The scholarship winners will be announced in June 2017.