Scholarships

Tuition Assistance

100% of MC students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships. Scholarships enable Mount Carmel High School to attract the best students regardless of their financial circumstances. That is why every student at Mount Carmel receives the John F. McCarthy Scholarship which is funded by the school’s endowment fund. Gifts to the Men of Carmel Fund annual appeal also help keep tuition affordable. Further financial assistance comes through a variety of privately-funded scholarships.


Scholarships for Current Students

Mount Carmel is fortunate to have a number of benefactors who sponsor scholarships for current Mount Carmel students. Scholarships, which are awarded based on student responses to essay questions, range in amount from full tuition to $1,500.

Please note, these scholarships are available only to current Mount Carmel freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Incoming freshmen are not eligible. Applications for these scholarships will open in the winter of 2017 for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Michael Patrick McArdle 2005 Scholarship

The Michael Patrick McArdle 2005 Scholarship is available to current Mount Carmel students who maintain a 2.0 minimum G.P.A. One scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of an essay competition.

Chris Chelios Scholarship

The Chris Chelios Scholarship is available to current Mount Carmel students who maintain a 2.0 minimum G.P.A. One scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of an essay competition.

Marianne and Frank Marshall Wehle Scholarship

The Frank Marshall Wehle Scholarships are available to current Mount Carmel students who maintain a 2.0 minimum G.P.A. Two scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of an essay competition.

Donovan McNabb Scholarship

The Donovan McNabb Scholarships are available to current Mount Carmel students who maintain a 2.0 minimum G.P.A. Up to three, partial to full tuition scholarships will be awarded. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of an essay competition.

 

External Scholarships

Mount Carmel is proud to work with the following non-for profit organizations, each of which provides scholarship money to students in-need so that they may receive a quality private college preparatory school education. Click the name of the scholarship fund to find out more:

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available on the basis of need. Families may apply for financial aid as early as December 15, 2016 using FACTS Grand and Aid Service. Applications are considered after your son has been accepted to Mount Carmel, your registration fee of $400.00 has been paid, and all other registration paperwork has been completed. Applications are processed through FACTS Grant and Aid Service. No consideration for financial aid can be given without this process.

In order to protect students’ individual eligibility, schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago support the policies of the Illinois High School Association. In doing so, Mount Carmel does not promise or offer athletic scholarships of any kind. Violations may result in the loss of eligibility for the student’s coach or school.  Click here for more infomation about the Financial Aid Process

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Mount Carmel offers a number of scholarships for incoming families. Thanks to a large number of generous benefactors, Mount Carmel proudly offers these scholarships to our incoming families based on the criteria outlined below. If a student withdraws or is dismissed during the year, any grants or scholarships awarded are forfeited and the award amount will be added to the outstanding balance upon withdrawal. 

All scholarship applications were due February 3. Scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted January 2018. 

Merit Scholarships

Mount Carmel High School offers merit scholarships to students who take the Entrance Exam at Mount Carmel. Every incoming freshman who tests at the 90th percentile or above will receive a merit scholarship for their freshman year.

  • Students scoring in the 99th percentile will receive full tuition their freshman year and $4000 per year for their sophomore through senior years if they meet renewal requirements.
  • Students scoring in the 90-98th percentile range will receive $2000 per year for their freshman through senior years if they meet renewal requirements.

Gilmore Legacy Scholarship:

 $1000 annual scholarship freshman through senior year for students whose fathers, grandfathers or great-grandfathers preceded them in graduating from Mount Carmel. 

All scholarship applications were due February 3. Scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted January 2018. 

James Barda Leadership Award:

Up to twenty $2000 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen. Applicants must be Catholic, a graduate of a Catholic grammar school, or a direct legacy (son, grandson, great-grandson of a Mount Carmel alumnus) to be eligible for this award. Recipients of this award are expected to fulfill a number of leadership requirements, including leadership trainings and service opportunities.

All scholarship applications were due February 3. Scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted January 2018. 

McDonald Family Scholarship

One $1,250 scholarships will be awarded. This scholarship is need based, with a preference to students who demonstrate strong work ethic through extracurricular involvement during the school year.

All scholarship applications were due February 3. Scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted January 2018.

James McHugh '40 Family Scholarship

One $1500 scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman. Applicants must be a graduate of a Catholic grammar school and a direct legacy (son, grandson, great-grandson of a Mount Carmel alumnus to be eligible for this award). Recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA during his time at Mount Carmel. 

All scholarship applications were due February 3. Scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted January 2018.

Shoulder to Shoulder Scholarship

$1500 annual scholarship for each additional brother concurrently enrolled at Mount Carmel. This scholarship is awarded administratively – no application is required.

B.P.A.C. Memorial Scholarship

The B.P.A.C. Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of boys who grew up together in South Shore during the 1940's and 50's and remained lifelong friends. Members of the Mount Carmel Class of 1959 are founding members of this fund.

  • Applicant must be a graduate of St. Philip Neri Grade School.
  • Award range $1,500 - $2,500 for Year 1. Renewable based on academic performance and good citizenship.
  • Applicant must be dedicated to maintaining friendships within his community. Applicant should explain in 300 words or less how he will continue to honor those friendships during his time at Mount Carmel.

All scholarship applications were due February 3. Scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted January 2018.

Thomas Grojean ’56 Scholarship

  • No application required.
  • One full scholarship will be offered to a student who scores in the Top Percentile of all testers on January 14, 2017.
  • Need-based.
  • Renewable, based on academic performance.

John J. Hrisney ’63 Scholarship

The Hrisney Scholarship seeks to support the efforts of students who have a strong desire to succeed at Mount Carmel and who possess the values crucial to being a Man of Carmel. Need-based scholarship open to all who test at Mount Carmel.

  • $1,200.00 award, renewable based on attention to academics (2.8 GPA) and good citizenship.
  • Consideration will be given to those who test at the 50th percentile or higher.
  • Applicants have maintained a “B” average or higher through 7th and 8th grade.
  • Student must submit a letter of recommendation from his grade school principal outlining strengths and potential for succeeding academically and otherwise.
  • Applicant must submit an essay of 300 words or less describing how he will contribute to the betterment of life and community at Mount Carmel.

All scholarship applications were due February 3. Scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted January 2018.

MC President’s Scholarship

Full need-based scholarship, renewable upon review and commitment to foregoing ideals. Candidates should be young men of solid character who posses strong family values. Application requires a letter of recommendation from ONE (1) of the following:

  • Grade school principal
  • Church pastor

Letter should speak to how the candidate has demonstrated the following:

  • Good character and attention to family values.
  • Serious attitude toward academics.
  • Contributions to local community.
  • Acts of kindness to friends and others.
All scholarship applications were due February 3. Scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted January 2018.


Scholarship Renewal

All internal scholarship are renewable if the student meets the minimum requirement. Barda, Legacy, Shoulder to Shoulder, McHugh, McDonald and merit scholarships are automatically renewed. For all other scholarships, students must reapply each academic year. All students receiving scholarships have the responsibilities listed below. In addition, each scholarship may have other requirements such as service hours, or higher GPA requirements. Details will be outlined in scholarship notification letters. Minimum requirements for all scholarship recipients are: 

  • To work to achieve his academic potential, and to maintain a minimum GPA of at least 2.0; (**Academic Scholarship requirements vary);
  • To participate annually in at least one sport or extracurricular activities of the student’s choice;
  • To cooperate with all school policies and procedures and maintain an excellent discipline record;
  • To participate in school events and student fundraisers such as the annual walkathon.

Mount Carmel High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at that school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration or its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.