Our Program

The BISON Fund believes that children have the best chance at a bright future when families have a choice in selecting an education that best fits their children’s needs. Access to education should be available early in a child’s life in order to establish a solid foundation for learning.

BISON is the only K-8 scholarship program in WNY, and the 5th largest nationally. BISON is successful because it provides a hand-up, and not a hand-out. BISON graduates continue to succeed beyond 8th grade, with more than 95% graduating from high school and more than 80% continuing on to college!

Buffalo’s future is dependent on our area’s young people. That’s why it is so important for children to begin their academic instruction in good schools. BISON scholarships are helping our area’s youngest learners prepare for high school, college and, ultimately, a career. By starting early in the educational process, we will have the greatest impact on our area’s future business and community leaders.

What makes BISON Scholarships different?

  • Families choose a school that best fits their needs – not the BISON Fund.
  • We keep families together by including all siblings.
  • To provide stability for our families, we are committed to supporting each child from Kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • With a minimum family contribution of $500, BISON is a hand-up not a hand-out.
  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, not merit.