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 2024-2025 academic year. Only incoming families and/or returning families that have never applied for financial aid should do so.

Tuition Assistance

Mount Carmel works to ensure every student that enters our school is given the most affordable education possible. 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, Legacy,  Siblings, and test score excellence. Our placement test scholarships  award from 25-100% of the cost of tuition for all four years.

Cost Certain Scholarships

No application required

The following scholarships are for incoming students and are awarded based on criteria specified in applications.
The Fr. David Dillon, O.Carm. ‘57 Scholarship
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.
$14,000 renewable 
The Nicholas A. Iosue Academic Scholarship
Students who score in the 85th 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.
$3,500 renewable
The Gilmore Legacy Scholarship
A renewable award for incoming freshmen whose father, grandfather, or great-grandfather graduated from Mount Carmel.
$1,000 renewable
The Shoulder to Shoulder Scholarship
An award for 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 those students whose parents serves as police officers, firefighters, or paramedics. This award is also available to students who have a parent in the U.S. military. 
$1,000 renewable
Order of the Carmelites Catholic School Scholarship
An award for students who graduated from a Catholic Grammar School.  
$1,000 renewable


Additional Scholarship Awards

Please find additional scholarships available below.
The Mehay Family Scholarship 
This scholarship was founded by Dan Mehay ’08 to assist incoming families in financial need from Northwest Indiana. In celebration of the Mount Carmel experience, the scholarship benefits those involved in extracurricular activities. An Indiana resident during his time at MC, Dan understands the struggle and work needed to commute to Mount Carmel and applauds the commitment of the young men choosing to make that journey each day.
  • The Mehay Family Scholarship is awarded to students living in Northwest Indiana.
  • Students must have financial need.
  • Students must be involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Students must complete an essay and submit within the attached application.
  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
$2,000 one-time award per student
Applications are due: Friday, March 8, 2024
The application window for the following scholarships has closed, however we invite you to learn more about the opportunities available to students at Mount Carmel. 
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.  You will be called upon to lead within your four years.

$2,000 renewable

Incoming students are invited to apply.
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.

Application should be submitted once you are confirmed to be accepted into the McDermott-Doyle Program.  

$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
Not available for the 2024-2025 school year
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
Not available for the 2024-2025 school year
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
Incoming students are invited to apply
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
Members of the Class of 2028 are invited to apply.
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
Not available for the 2024-2025 school year
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
Incoming students are invited to apply
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
Not available for the 2024-2025 school year
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
Incoming students are invited to apply
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
Incoming students are invited to apply
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
Incoming students are invited to apply
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.

$10,000 renewable

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.

Any Grade Level
$2,500 for one year

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
Not available for the 2024-2025 school year
The Thacker '58 Scholarship   
A need-based scholarship awarded to students of single-parent households.

Any Grade Level
$1,000 for one year

No Application Required
The Richard Bertoldi Memorial Scholarship 
The Richard Bertoldi Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two rising seniors who have demonstrated strong work ethic and would benefit from financial assistance in their senior year.

$3,000, one time

No Application Required
Grojean Scholarship 
A generous donor would like to make a catholic education more affordable for Mount Carmel families. 

$3,000 renewable
For incoming students
No Application Required
The Fred and Natalie Marcon Scholarship 
The Fred and Natalie Marcon Scholarship is a scholarship granted to students who demonstrate a desire and expectation to succeed both academically and personally at Mount Carmel.

Essay requirement addressing the following topic:  In choosing MCHS, what do you expect to gain both as a student and as a person, and upon graduation, who will be proudest of you achieving those expectations?

Full Tuition Scholarship, renewable
GPA Requirement (3.0)
Incoming students are invited to apply.

Application Required
The Class of 1970 Scholarship
To be determined

The George McQuade Scholarship 
The George McQuade Scholarship goes to a student who participates in at least one extracurricular activity and is the son of a single parent. 

The application includes an essay requirement addressing the following topic: Why is a Catholic education at Mount Carmel important to you?

$2,500, renewable, GPA Requirement (3.0), Extracurricular Participation Expected
Incoming students are invited to apply.

Application Required
The Deely Family Scholarship 
The Deely Family Scholarship was created in memory of Gabriel Deely, the son of Carol and Brendan Deely, who was lost to suicide. Application includes an essay requirement addressing one of the following topics:
a) The role of forgiveness in mental health well-being
b) Why mental health is as important as physical health.

$1,250, renewable, GPA Requirement (2.0)
Incoming students are invited to apply.
The John and Lisa Murphy Scholarship 
A renewable scholarship to go to a student with a sibling who has medical, mental or psychological needs that cause an added financial strain on the family.

Applicants are to complete an essay sharing what they have learned having a sibling with special medical, mental or psychological needs.

$1,250 renewable
Incoming students are invited to apply.

Application Required
The Kathleen and Richard Duffy Entrepreneur Award 
A one-time scholarship for students enrolled in the INCubator (junior) and/or ACCelerator (senior) courses at Mount Carmel. 

$2,000 one-time

No Application Required
The Lawrence G. Pietrzak, Jr. Scholarship 
This scholarship was created by the Pietrzak family and others in memory of Mr. Lawrence G. Pietrzak '43. Larry was always proud to be a "Man of Carmel." The Lawrence G. Pietrzak Scholarship application includes an essay requirement addressing the following topic: Why it is a privilege to attend Mount Carmel?

$1,250 renewable GPA requirement (2.8)
Students in all grade levels are invited to apply.
The d'Escoto Family Latino Heritage Scholarship 
Rodrigo d'Escoto grew up in a bicultural family. His father was Nicaraguan and mother was American. Rodrigo was born in Nicaragua and immigrated to the U.S. when he was three years old. His family moved from Nicaragua to Texas, to California, to Illinois.   His parents raised six boys and took in some other relatives during his childhood.  His parents worked hard to give him and his siblings the best education.  Rodrigo and his siblings all attended Catholic grade school, and high school. There was an emphasis on family, work ethic, and faith; those values are at the core of his upbringing.  
Rodrigo established the d'Escoto Family Latino Heritage scholarship to help ease the financial burden of a Catholic Education for a Latino student to attend Mount Carmel High School.   An applicant must be Latino, graduate from a Catholic Grammar School and write an essay on the topic "Why is a Catholic Education important to you?"   

The student receiving the scholarship must maintain a 3.0 GPA $2,500, renewable, GPA requirement (3.0) Awarded to an incoming freshman who is latino and a graduate of Catholic grammar schools. Applicants must be involved in extracurricular activities.
To our Indiana families who have a student or students in the McDermott Doyle program.  The next application cycle begins March 1, 2024.

The Indiana Education Scholarship Account (ESA) Program will provide students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana access to the educational environment that best meets their learning needs. Parents of eligible students, or emancipated eligible students, will have the opportunity to spend dedicated scholarship money on approved educational programs, therapies, services, tuition and fees, and other expenses related to the student’s education.  Applications must be submitted annually for consideration.

3rd Party Scholarships

There are numerous organizations that award scholarships at the high school level—including tax credit scholarship granting organizations. 
We encourage our families to proactively seek those financial solutions through outside resources. Third party scholarships are applied to any tuition balance to lessen the financial burden for families.
Families with students in 7th and 8th grade should check with the organizations listed below for potential awards.  Many of these scholarship partners have fall deadlines, so it is important to plan and make inquiries early!

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 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 Noel Bax

    Mr. Noel Bax 

    Admissions Associate
  • Photo of Jenny Czerwonka

    Mrs. Jenny Czerwonka 

    Director of Scholarships and Event Fundraising
    (773) 359-0462


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