PHOENIX, AZ (July 15, 2022) – Catholic Education Arizona (CEA), the largest Catholic School Tuition Organization, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The organization supports 38 Schools in the Diocese of Phoenix along with St. Michael’s Indian School and Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona, raising $313 million and awarding over 148,000 scholarships since its inception.

Catholic Education Arizona partners with Arizona corporate and individual taxpayers to make private education affordable and accessible. CEA offers taxpayers an opportunity to invest in their community, change lives, serve society and transform culture.

Catholic Education Arizona’s President and CEO Nancy Padberg, along with Officers, Board Chairman, Todd Bankofier – Vice Chair, Carlos Sugich – Secretary, Bob Venberg and Treasurer, D. J. Cole embrace the significance of this landmark date. “On behalf of all the current and former Board Members, team members, and both individual and corporate contributors, we celebrate the distinguished 25 years of success in providing over 148,000 vital tuition scholarships.” stated Chairman Todd Bankofier.

“It’s both an honor and a privilege to lead our organization during this important milestone. Our team and Board of Directors continue to make great advances in innovation, building relationships and growth, ultimately changing lives!” shared Nancy Padberg, President & CEO.

Individuals and corporations continue to support Catholic Education Arizona and The Diocese of Phoenix Catholic High Schools because of their impressive results:

  • 99.4% graduation rate
  • 97% of graduates matriculate to higher education, trade school or military service
  • 1000s of hours of community service are conducted annually

Corporations and LLCs filing as S or C Corps, and insurance companies paying premium tax can direct up to 100% of their AZ tax liability through the Arizona Low Income and Disabled/Displaced Corporate tax credits through CEA. Join APS, Shea Homes, Cigna, Earnhardt Auto Centers, Grand Canyon University, and 130 + companies making a difference and changing lives.

Catholic Education Arizona is the largest provider of scholarships to families attending Catholic schools.  Since 1998, over $313 million has been raised to benefit students and 148,000 scholarships have been awarded. Learn more about how CEA is changing lives one scholarship at a time. Visit or call 602-218-6542 to learn more.

Contact: Debra Preach, Chief Operating Officer
Catholic Education Arizona
(602) 218-6542