Financial Aid & Scholarships
IC CATHOLIC PREP GRANTS
To apply for financial aid, the FACTS Management Grant and Aid Assessment Application must be completed and submitted on or before March 1st of each year. This form, along with detailed information regarding the online application process is available after November 1st at FACTS Management Grant and Aid Online Application.
CEF GRANTS FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
Through the Catholic Education Foundation, the Diocese of Joliet offers grants to students that attend a Catholic Diocese of Joliet parish school and demonstrate financial need. These grants are made possible through the generous contributions of members of the diocese and other benefactors. The number and dollar amount of scholarships provided each year is based upon funds available.
Payment of the scholarship is made directly to the high school. Families must apply by completing the FACTS Management Grant and Aid Assessment Online Application. Students must reapply each year by completing a new application form. Click HERE for more information.
INVEST IN KIDS TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP
Those families who qualify for a Tax Credit Scholarship based on the Federal Poverty Level must apply for the Tax Credit Scholarship.
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Many scholarships are offered EVERY year, while others may be limited based upon the funding available. Check this listing periodically to obtain updated information for all scholarships available during the subsequent school year.
If available, links to each of the scholarship applications will be provided below. Alternatively, details will be provided as to where additional information or the applicable application can be found.
GOLDEN KNIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS
Golden Knight Scholarships are awarded to incoming Freshmen who sit for the placement exam at IC Catholic Prep. These scholarships are renewable for four years. In order to maintain the scholarship, all scholarship recipients must maintain a high standard of academic excellence (3.0 GPA), as well as practice an exemplary code of conduct. The amount of $1,000 to $2,500 awarded is based upon the national percentile ranking on the HSPT (High School Placement Test). Additionally, 8th grade students who compete in the ICCP Math Contest and/or take Geometry Honors at IC Catholic Prep are eligible for a one-year Golden Knight Scholarship of $500.
PARISH AND OTHER JOLIET DIOCESE SCHOLARSHIPS
KAZMA FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Kazma Family Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and supports education initiatives and other charitable activities. The Kazma family launched their Foundation in 1997 to provide scholarships for students that show financial need. Over the years, it has granted 1,000+ scholarships to college and high school students and has funded the construction of various schools and classrooms in Central America and the U.S.
The Kazma Family Foundation Scholarship is a four-year renewable scholarship for students entering a Catholic high school in the Diocese of Joliet. New applications are only accepted for freshman (currently Class of 2021). An Awards Mass is held to present the scholarships to the winning students.
To apply, applicants must submit the FACTS Management Grant and Aid Assessment application and the Kazma Family Foundation Scholarship application. Questions and additional information on the scholarship should be directed to the Catholic Education Foundation of the Diocese of Joliet.
BISHOP BLANCHETTE SCHOLARSHIP
The Joliet Diocesan Council of Catholic Women established the Bishop Blanchette Scholarship in 1982 as a living memorial to honor our late Bishop Romeo Blanchette. Scholarships in his name are made available each year to students seeking assistance to attend Catholic high schools in the Joliet diocese. An Awards Mass is held to present the scholarships to the winning students.
This scholarship is available for students that:
- Demonstrate a financial need (based upon FACTS submission)
- Are registered in grades 9-11 in one of the Diocesan Catholic High Schools for the year they are applying for the scholarship
- Maintain a C+ average
The student must also submit the following:
- A one page essay on “WHY A CATHOLIC EDUCATION IS OF VALUE TO ME”
- A signed statement from the Pastor of their parish verifying that the candidate is a member
- A signed statement from the Principal as to the student’s motivation, involvement and other related data
- Grades for incoming freshman from grades 7 and 8 or a transcript from high school students
- A statement from either the family or the Pastor or Principal of any known extenuating circumstances that would effect the selection, such as health or employment situations.
Students can obtain application forms through their home parish CCW organization. Individual parish CCW groups review their respective applications and select one student from their parish to submit to the Diocese CCW group for consideration.
COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN SCHOLARSHIPS
The CCW at many local parishes offer scholarship opportunities directly or through recommendation for the Diocese of Joliet Bishop Blanchette Scholarship. In the past IC Catholic Prep students have received these scholarships from Immaculate Conception, Visitation, St. Matthew and other parishes. Students should check with their parish CCW for scholarship opportunities.
NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SCHOLARSHIPS
LINK UNLIMITED SCHOLARS
LINK Unlimited Scholars is Chicago’s highest performing and most experienced high school mentoring and scholarship program. LINK has successfully transitioned more than 2,200 economically disadvantaged African American youth to college by providing academic support, scholarship and one-on-one mentoring through the high school years and beyond. LINK scholars have attended many selective colleges and universities, and have moved on to become successful in their own right, as business professionals, educators, engineers, architects, attorneys, doctors and more. Many LINK alumni are now mentors and benefactors of current LINK scholars.
Students should apply during their eighth grade year. Visit their website for eligibility requirements and application instructions. The application is typically available in early August and is due in November.
CHICAGO LIGHTS TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP
Chicago Lights Tutoring encourages students living in under-resourced neighborhoods to graduate from high school and pursue higher education and meaningful careers. Adult tutors/mentors provide students with innovative educational, arts, and enrichment resources that promote long-term academic and social success. Students actively participate in youth programs such as Career Development, Career Prep, Scholarship, and Ninth-Grade Readiness. Click HERE to learn more about the on-going support and scholarship opportunities available to Chicago Lights Tutors.
BIG SHOULDERS SCHOLARSHIP
Big Shoulders Fund provides more than 60 different types of scholarships to inner-city students. Their students come from every corner of Chicago and they represent the diversity of the city: 80 percent of the students are minorities, 70 percent are Catholic, and 61 percent are low-income. Big Shoulders’ mission is to provide students access to a quality, values-based education that helps them reach their potential. Click HERE to access more information regarding the options available.
STANDING TALL CHARITABLE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
Registered students at IC Catholic Prep are eligible to apply for the Standing Tall Charitable Foundation Scholarship which provides the means to improve the lives of homeless, underserved and/or at-risk children. Please contact Mary Vitulli at 847-294-1123 for more information and the application.
MEMORIAL & FAMILY FUNDED SCHOLARHIPS
JAMES R. CERVONE SOCIAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP
This $500 scholarship is to be awarded to an ICCP student who demonstrates a passion for Social Studies, an engagement in world and national politics and a stellar work ethic. Character and relationships with peers and faculty will also be considered when evaluating candidates. Candidates must have taken Social Studies electives. This award shall not be based on highest grade point. No applications. Student must be an ICCP Freshman, Sophomore or Junior. Award shall be paid to ICCP towards student’s tuition, expenses or fees.
THE KEVIN AND JULIE D. FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Julie Carr D’Agostino, IC Catholic Prep (formerly Immaculate Conception High School) Class of 2011, loved theater and music and participated in each of the stage productions during her four years of high school. She lit up the world with her smile and lit up the stage with her singing, dancing, and acting. Julie was born with Cystic Fibrosis – a hereditary, genetic, and life-threatening disorder. Since birth, Julie courageously battled this awful, progressive disease and she ultimately lost that battle in August of 2015. Julie will be forever known for her strength, faith, determination, respect, tenacity, kindness, and the unwillingness to ever give up even with the odds stacked against her. Julie taught us about compassion and what it means to be a fighter. Her unforgettable laugh, bright smile, and beautiful singing voice will always resonate in the hearts of those who knew her.
To honor Julie’s memory, her family has established this one-year $2500 tuition scholarship to be awarded to an incoming IC Catholic Prep Freshman that shows a dedication and love of the performing arts. Click HERE for the application and to learn more about Julie. You must submit a completed application to the ICCP Main Office per the instructions on the form in order to be considered. A committee will review all applications, taking into consideration all materials submitted. All applicants will receive written notification regarding the scholarship awarded.
TERRY DOHERTY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Terry Doherty Memorial Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance and reward young artists of outstanding aptitude and promise in the visual arts.
Terry Doherty, a proud member of the IC class of 1991, enjoyed his years at IC more than most! Though he never achieved high accolades for his art, on the football field or in his classes, he is remembered as a Leader in kindness, fun and in life by a former teacher.
After leaving IC, Terry became a commercial fisherman. Along with five shipmates, Terry was lost at sea on November 15,1995 off the coast of Donegal in Ireland’s worst fishing tragedy. After months of searching, The Carrickatine, and its crew of six were never found.
Terry enjoyed his art classes at IC and continued drawing after graduation. There are many sketches still around of Irish scenery, George H. Bush and even Charlie Brown with Terry’s signature.
A partial scholarship (up to $2,500) will be awarded to a current freshman, sophomore or junior student which will be applied toward his/her tuition during the 2021-2022 school year. The applicant must have a passion for visual arts.
- Current Freshman, Sophomore or Junior at IC Catholic Prep
- Outstanding aptitude and promise in the visual arts
- Strong Academic Record
- Application deadline March 20, 2021 to the Main Office
Note: All information provided will be kept extremely CONFIDENTIAL.
Click HERE to download an application form. The completed form should be submitted to the ICCP Main Office per the instructions on the application.
THE DYER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
The Dyer scholarship fund was established as a memorial to Clifford & Mary by their children. The family was heavily involved in the Elmhurst community and were alumni of Immaculate Conception Grade School and IC Catholic Prep. In addition to placing a high value on academics, specifically mathematics and engineering, the family has a strong passion for music and leadership through scouting.
A partial scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman at IC Catholic Prep with economic need and solid academic performance. Once received, the scholarship is renewable each year for the subsequent three years as long as the student’s grade point average is maintained at a 3.0 or better and there are no disciplinary issues through the course of the year. Click HERE to download an application form.
THOMAS J. FAHEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Thomas J. Fahey was a devoted father to Molly Fahey ’17 and husband to Amy Fahey, former ICCP President 2016-2017 and longtime board member. Tom’s Catholic faith and love of his family was the cornerstone of his life. Tom was a dedicated coach through the Elmhurst Knights Basketball Program and an active parent at ICCP. His commitment to the school’s mission of developing spirit, mind, and body of each student was evident through his commitment to his daughter’s success at IC Catholic Prep and beyond.
To honor the memory of Thomas J. Fahey and his commitment to Catholic Education, a scholarship fund has been established in his name for an incoming Freshmen girl. The $1,000 scholarship is renewable annually for those students meeting requirements. Click HERE to download an application.
MARY GUERTLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
In honor of the memory of ICHS Class of 1953 alum Mary Guertler and her commitment to Catholic Education.
Mary’s Catholic faith was the cornerstone of her life. She attended mass daily. Mary was steadfast and selfless in her desire to provide each of her four children a Catholic education. No personal self-sacrifice was too great for her to achieve this vision. She went to work third shift as a Nursing Assistant at Elmhurst Hospital to ensure tuition was always covered. She specifically requested the PM shift so she was home for her children both before and after school. While a student at IC, Mary was involved in many activities including Latin Club, History Club, Volleyball, Baseball, Chorus, Eye See Staff, and Drama. Mary had an affinity for Plunkett Park, where she spent countless hours during her time in high school and beyond.
- Current Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior (renewable if criteria is met)
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- Stewardship to both your parish and school
- Liturgical/Youth Ministry Participation
- Financial need
Click HERE to download the application. The completed form should be submitted to the ICCP Main Office.
DR. DON AND MARY HOFFMAN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to either an incoming or current ICCP student each year who is eligible based on the criteria identified below. This scholarship award is $1,000 per year to a student who demonstrates financial need (as determined by administration). Student must maintain at least a B average (3.0 GPA) and provide service to their school, community or church.
The scholarship is renewable if, as determined by administration, the student continues to meet the criteria as defined below.
- Family Demonstrates Financial Need.
- Student obtains Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.
- Student provides service to community, school and/or church.
- Student to fill out 100-word essay: “Why being a student at ICCP is important to me”.
Click HERE to download an application for. The completed form should be submitted to the ICCP Main Office.
DR. MICHAEL V. HOGAN MEMORIAL SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
The Hogan family has established the Michael V. Hogan Memorial Scholarship for students wishing to pursue studies in the sciences.
Michael Hogan ‘74, grew up in Elmhurst and attended ICHS with four of his five brothers Kevin, Matthew, Neil, and twin brother Mark, while Edward Jr., the oldest, attended Fenwick. Michael’s parents, Edward and Marylin, strongly encouraged and believed in the principles of a Catholic secondary education.
Michael enjoyed being part of the IC band and the golf team, continuing his association with golf by caddying during the summers. In the classrooms, Michael took several science classes, the beginning of the focal point of his life’s work. His love of biology and chemistry grew as he attended Illinois Benedictine College (IBC) in Lisle, IL. After graduating from IBC in 1978, he worked as a medical technologist and soon found he had a thirst for even more knowledge. Michael went on to receive his PhD in Biochemistry from Loyola and spent many years teaching and pursuing and publishing his research.
Early in 2004, Michael was offered the opportunity to direct and expand the research program in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of South Alabama (USA) in Mobile. He began teaching at the USA and laid plans to expand their research efforts by obtaining grant money for new equipment. He repaired old lab equipment so the students had proper facilities and launched work on a new curriculum that would expand the students’ opportunities. Plans included building a completely new research building to give USA a new core program. Before he had the opportunity to realize all his goals, Michael passed away suddenly in January of 2005.
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each year to an ICCP student who exemplifies Michael’s spirit and enthusiasm for science, and who meets the following criteria:
- Current junior at IC Catholic Prep enrolled in a third year of science and will be enrolled in a fourth year of science in the next academic year
- Documented financial need
- Service orientated (community, parish and ICCP)
Click HERE to download an application form. The completed form should be submitted to the ICCP Main Office per the instructions on the application.
KICKOFF FOR KIDS SCHOLARSHIP
Kickoff for Kids is a non-profit organization working to enrich the lives of all children in Elmhurst and surrounding communities through family-centered programs focusing on Community, Education, and Health and Fitness. As the Co-Founder and Chairman of Kickoff for Kids, and an alumnus of the high school, Mike LaSpisa ’85 is committed to making a difference in our community.
A partial scholarship (up to $2,000) will be awarded to an incoming freshman at IC Catholic Prep with verified financial need, community service experience and participation in extracurricular activities. In addition, the student must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0). A completed APPLICATION must be submitted to the ICCP Main Office per the instructions on the form.
DONALD J. STRASSER SCHOLARSHIP
Don graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 1952, where he played on the varsity basketball team during his last three years. From 1956 to 1962, Don served as head basketball coach, assistant football coach, and golf coach at IC. Don is remembered as a great teacher, coach and role model for students, as he always taught integrity, fairness and determination. He also carried these qualities throughout his personal life. Don was married to his late wife Mary for 60 years and they were blessed with six children. Five of which are IC alums: Don ’74, Joan ’75, Kevin ’76, Shawn ’77 and Mark ’83. A true testament to Don and Mary’s commitment to Catholic Education! To recognize Don’s many contributions to IC, Albert J. ’58 and Amy D. Roemer established the Donald J. Strasser Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be awarded to an ICCP sophomore, who exemplifies Don’s spirit and meets the scholarship criteria. Click HERE to download an application form.
REGGIE VAN EEKEREN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Vanee Foods has been family owned and operated since Joseph and Adriana VanEekeren first started the company in 1950. To honor the memory of this family and the company’s long-standing commitment to their employees and their families, as well as Catholic education, the VanEekeren family established a unique scholarship opportunity.
A one-year, full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to a student at IC Catholic Prep who demonstrates economic need and solid academic performance. Immigrant families who live in Berkeley, IL will receive special consideration. You must submit a completed APPLICATION to the ICCP Main Office per the instructions on the form. Students must reapply every year to be considered for that year’s scholarship.
BRIAN E. WAGNER FUND
All students who apply for the scholarship will have to describe how they served as a positive example in the community and how they stood out as a leader among their peers. We invite you to take the responsibility and initiative to demonstrate your abilities as an outstanding example in the eyes of all those you come in contact with. It would be a privilege for you to be the next representative of our scholarship. Carry the torch Brian E. Wagner ignited during his lifetime. Your commitment to excellence will serve as an inspiration for other exemplary students to follow in your footsteps. Begin the application process at brianewagnerfund.org.
Qualifying Scholarship Criteria:
- There is no GPA requirement, all students are encouraged to apply
- Must have graduated 8th grade from a school in Elmhurst, IL. or be currently
enrolled at a high school in Elmhurst, IL.
- Participated in a minimum of 3 extracurricular activities throughout time spent in high school
- Submit a copy of your official high school transcript
- Submit 2 letters of recommendation from a: teacher, coach, boss, community
leader, etc. that you have interacted with in the last 5 years
- During years at high school, fulfilled 25 hours of volunteer outreach service with an organization that supports a cause you’d like to commit and contribute to
- If selected as a finalist, submit proof of acceptance and enrollment to a: college,
trade school or institution of higher learning; for the upcoming fall semester.
PHYLLIS KRISCH WISBROCK SERVICE AWARD SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to female students enrolled in their sophomore year at ICCP who are service oriented, demonstrate service to ICCP, their parish/church, and community. Click HERE to download an application.
SCRIP TUITION REDUCTION PROGRAM
The Scrip Tuition Reduction Program is a tuition reduction program that works while you shop! Scrip is simply a word that means “substitute money” – in other words, gift certificates from national and local retailers. They’re the same gift certificates that you buy at the store. Many popular retailers participate in our scrip program including Kohls, Land’s End, The Gap, Target, Shell, Jewel, Marianos, Mike’s Meat Market, Elmhurst City Centre and many more. You’re probably asking yourself how will these stores help reduce my tuition costs? It’s simple — scrip participating retailers agree to sell gift certificates to our organization at a discount. Member families buy the certificates for full face value, they redeem them for full face value, and our program credits the difference to your tuition. Tuition credits are issued 4 times a year in October, January, March and June for families that pay their tuition monthly and in June for families paying tuition at the beginning of the school year. You may also choose to have your credits given to another family or to the ICCP General Scholarship Fund. Learn More About Scrip.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEE GRANT
The Catholic School Employee Grant is available to any student whose parent or guardian is a current administrator or teacher at a Catholic school (K-12) in the Diocese of Joliet or the Archdiocese of Chicago. The parent or guardian must be a full-time employee and must complete an APPLICATION to receive the grant. The grant amount will be applied equally across the SMART Tuition account payments.
K-12 FAMILY EDUCATION LOANS
Sallie Mae’s K-12 Family Education Loan is an ideal solution for families who need additional flexibility in paying for private education beyond financial aid, personal savings, or traditional payment plans. These loans allow families to get the money they need for tuition, books, computers, musical instruments, sports, room and board, and extracurricular activities.
For the most current information on the K-12 Family Education Loan, please refer to the Quick Reference Guide, by visiting Sallie Mae. The school code for ICCP is 605844.
B.ME at Illinois Wesleyan University
MA — Educational Administration/Type 75 at National Louis University
Certificate for Leading Inclusive Catholic Schools at Loyola University