6410 South Dante Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-324-1020      Fax: 773-359-0506

A Financial Aid Application must be on file in order to apply for scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year. If you have previously completed a Financial Aid Application at Mount Carmel, there is no need to reapply for financial aid.

Tuition Assistance

Mount Carmel works to ensure every student that enters our school is given the most affordable education possible. We provide more than $2,000,000 in financial assistance and scholarships to our students. Mount Carmel is proud to offer the most cost-effective, catholic high school education and to administer over 20 different scholarships including 6 cost certain scholarships for First Responders, Catholic School Families, alumni sons, siblings, and based on test score. Our placement test scholarships can award from 25-100% of the cost of tuition for all 4 years.

The following scholarships are for incoming students and are awarded based on criteria specified in applications.

Cost Certain Scholarships

No application required
The Fr. David Dillon, O.Carm. ‘57 Scholarship
All students who score in the 98th or 99th percentile on the HSPT will receive a full-tuition scholarship for all four years, based on continued strength in academics and commitment to Caravan Values.
$13,550 renewable 
The Nicholas A. Iosue Academic Scholarship
All students who score in the 80th to 97th percentile on the HSPT will receive a tuition reduction scholarship of 25% for all four years, based on continued strength in academics and commitment to Caravan Values.
$3,387 renewable
The Gilmore Legacy Scholarship
A renewable award for any incoming freshmen whose father, grandfather, or great-grandfather graduated from Mount Carmel.
$1,000 renewable
The Shoulder to Shoulder Scholarship
An award for all families that have multiple students concurrently enrolled at Mount Carmel High School.  
$1,500 for the second sibling and $3,000 for the third sibling, renewable.
Public Safety First Responder Scholarship
An award for all students whose parents serve as police officers, firefighters, or paramedics. This award is also available to students who have a parent currently deployed in the U.S. military. Verification is required.
$1,000 renewable
Order of the Carmelites Catholic School Scholarship
An award for all students who graduated from a Catholic Grammar School.  
$1,000 renewable


Additional Scholarship Awards

Please find additional scholarships available below.
The James Barda Leadership Award
This award honors Jim Barda who passed away the summer before his anticipated graduation from Mount Carmel.  Established by family members and the Class of 1963 friends. A Barda Leader is held to high expectations inside and outside of the classroom.

$2,000 renewable

This application is for incoming freshmen only.
B.P.A.C. Scholarship 
Is a need-based award established by members of the Class of 1959 who grew up in the South Shore neighborhood. This scholarship is available to graduates of St. Philip Neri School.   

$1,000 renewable

 No Application Required
Benjamin Francis Smith Scholarship
Need-based scholarship. Students must be a part of the McDermott-Doyle program. The application is an essay selecting two attributes and how you would incorporate them into your life: effective use of support systems, emotional coping strategies, goal setting, perseverance, proactivity, or self-awareness.

$1,000 one-time 
The Burt P. Lewis Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a student who has financial need and an interest in entrepreneurial business and completes the application and essay requirements. Based on your knowledge and passion for entrepreneurial- business, choose one of the following topics and discuss:
  • Why you should become an entrepreneur
  • The traits of a successful entrepreneur
  • Characteristic that every entrepreneur needs to have
$1,500 renewable
Eugene Powers Scholarship
The Eugene Powers Scholarship is available to students who score in the top 50% on the entrance examination.

Applicants are asked to write an essay answering the following questions:
  • What is your passion in life?
  • What challenges have you faced in pursuing your passion, how did you overcome them?
$1,500 Renewable
CUNEO Foundation Scholarship
The Cuneo Foundation gives need-based scholarships to assist students in catholic high schools, colleges and universities in the greater Chicago region. These scholarships are designated for young men and women who exhibit academic excellence, a passion for service, and a desire to help create a more just society.

$6,000 Renewable

No Application Required
The Frank Swiderski, Jr. Scholarship
A need-based scholarship awarded to a student who has an interest in the arts. Applicants are asked to complete an essay answering the following:
  • What field of the arts are you drawn to?
  • How does this interest inspire you in other ways?
$5,000 renewable
The Hynan Family Scholarship
Awarded to supporting families who have three or more students enrolled in Catholic schools. Application required. Essay topic: How will you honor the financial commitment your parents have made during your time at Mount Carmel?

$2,000 renewable
The Jack Cushing Family Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has financial need, scored in the top 20% on the entrance examination and completed the essay requirements:  
  • What is your passion in life?
  • What challenges have you faced in pursuing your passion? How did you overcome them?
$1,500 renewable
The John J. Hrisney ’63 Scholarship
A need-based scholarship designed to assist students who fit the profile of a Caravan man and are committed to bettering themselves and the Mount Carmel community. In an essay, please describe how you will contribute to the betterment of life and community at Mount Carmel.

300 word minimum.

$2,000 renewable.
Lenti Legacy Scholarship
The Lenti Legacy Scholarship is awarded to one incoming freshman with the potential to learn, grow, and achieve at Mount Carmel and those who understand the critical importance of giving back at every opportunity. 

$2,500 renewable

No Application Required
The McDonald Family Award
This is a need-based scholarship with an essay requirement. Students are asked to share the following:
  • Why have you chosen to attend Mount Carmel?
  • What goals do you have for high school?
  • How will your work ethic and involvement in extracurricular activities help you achieve those goals?
$1,250 renewable
The James McHugh '40 Family Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to one incoming student each year who has a relative that was a Mount Carmel alum and presents a strong case for how sports or extracurricular has shaped who he is and what he has learned from them.

$1,500 renewable
The Michael J. Cummings '60 Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a student who has financial need, lives in a one-parent household, and completes the essay requirements. Please share the challenges you have faced being part of a one parent household. How have you overcome those challenges and how has it defined you as a person.

$2,500 renewable
The MC President’s Scholarship
This award is given to one incoming freshman who has demonstrated success in the classroom and community. This scholarship is determined by committee selection.

Amount varies

No Application Required
The Fr. Aloysius Sieracki, O.Carm Scholarship 
This scholarship honors the legacy of Fr. Al by awarding students who have demonstrated excellence in mathematics. This award is determined by committee selection.

$2,500, one time

No Application Required
The Stella Myers Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to one incoming freshman residing in the city of Chicago who has demonstrated a strong work ethic outside of the classroom.

$1,500 renewable
The Thacker '58 Scholarship   
A need-based scholarship awarded to students of single-parent households.

$1,000 for one year

No Application Required

Third Party Scholarships

Families with students in 7th and 8th grade should also check with the organizations listed below for potential awards.  Many of these scholarship partners have fall deadlines in place, so it is important to plan ahead and make inquiries early!
Big Shoulders- Students who are current recipients of Big Shoulders funding should consult with their principal to determine if the award is valid in high school. The application opens on January 13, 2022, at 8:00 am. Mount Carmel will assist with information and applications at the school at 7:00 am. www.bigshouldersfund.org
Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society-  All scholarships are available to graduating, qualifying children of active, disabled, retired, or deceased firefighters or paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department. $2,000, one-time award. www.cfdgoldbadgesociety.org
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation- Application deadline in October.  $5,000 annually. www.dmsf.org
Folds of Honor Scholarships- Assistance available to children of fallen or disabled service members. Application open February. 

HighSight- Awards vary, renewable. Applications will be available in February 2023 for the 2023-2024 school year. The deadline is in March.
Holy Family Chicago Scholars (HFS)- Number and amount of awards each year varies, renewable.
LINK, Unlimited- Awards vary, renewable. https://linkunlimited.org/
The Quigley Scholars Program- $2,500, renewable. 

Tax Credit Scholarships

In August 2017, with bipartisan support, the House and Senate passed a comprehensive education funding bill that was signed into law by the governor. The law includes a provision for tax credit scholarships, which provide strong incentives for donors to support non-public school scholarships for low-income students in the state. Illinois students from low-income families may use these new scholarships to attend a non-public school of their choice.

Scholarship Renewal Policies

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.

Scholarship Staff

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Jeff Stur

    Mr. Jeff Stur 

    Director of Enrollment Marketing and Management
    (773) 359-0461
  • Photo of Phil Segroves

    Mr Phil Segroves 

    Athletic Director, Head Varsity Basketball Coach
    (773) 359-0481
  • Photo of Jennifer Auguste

    Mrs Jennifer Auguste 

    Assistant Admissions Director
    (773) 359-0516
  • Photo of Milka Kattan

    Ms Milka Kattan 

    Director Human Resources and Tuition Management
    (773) 359-0487
  • Photo of Deirdre Murrihy

    Ms. Deirdre Murrihy 

    Executive Assistant to President
    (773) 359-0514
  • Photo of Laura Fleck

    Mrs Laura Fleck 

    Director of Annual Giving and Scholarships
    (773) 359 - 0456


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