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A Spotlight on Flaherty Family Foundation

The Flaherty Family Foundation is an educational foundation run by educators. Flaherty Scholars are unique in that they all attend faith-based high schools where their values and morals are being shaped into their experience, right alongside their academic achievement. The level of care, concern and mentorship in personal development for FFF scholars is paramount to their success.

Their Mission is to provide high school, college prep scholarships to high achieving students with economic need. They provide their scholars with personalized coaching to ensure academic success, graduation with a college degree, and manageable student loan debt upon entering the workforce.

There’s a saying in Psalm 1:16, what do I give back to the Lord for all the gifts that he’s given me.

Ed Flaherty


Mr. Flaherty began the Flaherty Family Foundation as the result of the family values instilled in him, his Catholic foundation, and the scriptural belief that “to much is given, much is expected”. Almost 30 years ago, he started the foundation as a way to be thoughtful and intentional about how he gave back to humanity.

In 2014, Ed asked his daughter, Beth Flaherty, to lead the Flaherty Family Foundation. Since joining the Foundation in 2015, Ms. Flaherty has grown the organization from three Scholars in one high school to over 400 Flaherty Scholars in 32 faith-based high schools in Minnesota, Virginia, DC, Maryland, Montana (Great Falls) and New Jersey.

The Flaherty Family Foundation will continue its work and award scholarships to thousands of young people who can go out and lead successful lives – supporting themselves, their families and their communities. Ultimately, the FFF is fostering future leaders who will contribute to making the world a better place.

“Our greatest hope is that we’re successful building a community of scholars who become a “world force”, meaning they support each other, they network with each other, they collaboratively and collectively contribute to society in a very big way to make our world a better place.” – Beth Flaherty

Beth Flaherty

Executive Director


The Flaherty Family Foundation’s values of High Achievement/Excellence, Perseverance, Respect, Teamwork Honesty and Integrity, Hard Work, Acceptance and Inclusion, Gratitude and Paying it Forward makes them a great organization. SCN is proud to share that we partnered up with Flaherty Family Foundation to ensure that their messaging is clear and that it conveys their Vision and Mission. Please be sure to check out their services at http://flahertyfamilyfoundation.org.