The restricted or unrestricted use and specific population of student beneficiaries noted below can be established by the donor with instructions given to the Catholic Education Foundation.  Student or family needs are based on FACTS Grant and Aid financial assessment.

Individual Students
$700 Grade Schooler; $1,000 High Schooler

Fields of InterestEntire Classroom
$5,000 - $10,000

Entire School
$25,000 - $100,000 such as Holy Family School, Bensenville

Family-Named Scholarship Funds or Endowment
$5,000 to $15,000 minimum -Creating an endowment or outright-purpose fund in the name of a family

School Patron Program
$100,000 Multi-year (usually three years) underwriting of the cost of an extraordinary project or staff position in a diocesan elementary school

Business Scholarship Initiative for Students
(TBD by Company) -Funding school scholarships for employee(s) child or children similar to an employee benefit

Field of Interest Options of Any Amount:
•Hispanic students
•Special Needs Education
•Students from Single Parent households
•Donor’s alma mater or the donor’s choice of parish school
•General scholarships for grade school or high school students


The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) distributes more than 1,600 need-based scholarships each year. Eligible families with students K-12 are encouraged to apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition. These tuition assistance grants are determined on an annual basis and families must apply each year in order to be considered.  In 2017-18, the CEF distributed $2,130,297to 1,648 students in our Catholic elementary and high schools. Read More Here