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A complete list of scholarship opportunities for sophomores, juniors and seniors can be found below. View a list of scholarships for Incoming Freshmen here. Click on the name of each scholarship for more detailed information.

 

Alex Meneses Scholarship

The Alex Meneses  Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by actress Alex Meneses and her husband, Mr. John Simpson, to provide tuition assistance to students attending Mother McAuley High School. An alumna of the class of 1983, Ms. Meneses has gone on to become a successful actress in both television and film. She has appeared on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond as the Italian “gelato girl,” Stefania. Ms. Meneses is also a board member for several organizations, including The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and The Chicago Symphony.

Recipients of this scholarship assistance must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the FAST application.

The Alfred and Irene Biehl Scholarship

Established by a 2013 Mother McAuley alumna in honor of her grandparents, the Alfred and Irene Biehl Scholarship is a $500 award that may be used to assist with senior year expenses, including tuition, Kairos, and AP and graduation fees, and prom tickets. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A McAuley senior student with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • The applicant’s family qualifies for financial aid as demonstrated by the submission of the 2013 FAST application
  • Involvement in school extracurricular activities (clubs, sports teams ,etc)
  • Preference will be given to a student who graduated from a Catholic elementary school

Applications are available during the first semester.

Audrey Grace DeVoto Social Science Scholarship

The Audrey Grace DeVoto Social Science Scholarship was established in 2014 through the generosity of Ms. Mary DeVoto and her family in loving memory of Ms. DeVoto’s mother. The Audrey Grace Devoto Social Science Scholarship will provide a scholarship award of $2,000 to a sophomore student to be applied in the fall of the recipient’s junior year.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a member of the current sophomore class. 
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and be in good standing academically, behaviorally, and financially. 
  • The student must submit an essay of 400-500 words using the following prompt: “How has World History (Social Science) excited your interest in furthering your study in Social Science at McAuley and beyond?” Essays must be typed in a size 12 font, double-spaced, and attached to this application. Please do not put any identifying information on your essay sheet.

Applications are available during the second semester.

Betty and Sr. Therese Windham Science

The Betty & Sr. Therese Windham Science Scholarship was established in 2003 to provide financial assistance to specifically identified science students. One or more recipients are selected in collaboration with the McAuley Science Department and the Financial Aid Office.

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be enrolled in Chemistry or Physics and also taking an advanced Math class, with a B average in these classes.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAST application.
  • Student must demonstrate a serious attitude of purpose in her studies and be in good standing.

Recipients are announced during the second semester.

Betty Grimes Memorial Scholarship

The Betty Grimes Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 in loving memory of Elizabeth Conerty Grimes, a McAuley alumna from the class of 1963. The scholarship is a $2,000 award given to a graduating senior to be used at the college or university of her choice. Scholarship funds will be forwarded directly to the designated college or university. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must have a current minimum GPA of 2.5, and be in good standing behaviorally and financially.
  • The student’s family must have demonstrated financial need as determined by the submission of the McAuley FAST financial aid application. The FAST application would have already been submitted in spring of the previous year.
  • The student will be expected to enroll in a two year or four year fully accredited college or university in the fall following their graduating year.
  • The student must submit an application essay using an assigned prompt. Essays must be typed in 12 font. This application sheet should be attached to your essay. Please do not put any identifying information on your essay sheet.

Applications will be available during the second semester.

The Bigane Family Scholarship

The Bigane Family Scholarship was established by five McAuley alumnae - Anne Bigane Wilson ’76, Katherine Bigane Larson ’78, Sheila Bigane Bauschelt ’79, Meg Bigane, ’82 and Julie Bigane Pollard ’84 - in loving memory of their mother, Mrs. Edward J. Bigane.  

The Bigane Family Scholarship provides financial assistance to senior students of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. The scholarship funds will be used for emergency financial assistance for senior students in good standing, and may be applied to tuition, fees, and/or textbooks.

The Mother McAuley High School Financial Aid Committee will review financial assistance requests from the families of senior students and determine the recipient(s) using the criteria outlined above. 

The Donald Haynes Theatre Scholarship

This tuition scholarship was established by Patricia Haynes, long-time Theatre Director of Mother McAuley High School and her daughter, Erin Haynes Fitzpatrick ’99, in loving memory of Don Haynes. The award is a non-renewable $1,000 tuition scholarship. The recipient must be a theatre student who is in good standing both academically and behaviorally.

Don Haynes was a gifted man who loved the theatre. He had extensive experience in designing and building sets, and directing shows. Don was the scenic designer for the 99th Street Summer Theatre shows for 33 years and for McAuley musicals for many years. Even when Don could no longer design during the school year, he was called in to advise and mentor new designers. Don taught the students more than set design as he would challenge their math and physics skills during his crew sessions. Always the teacher, he would often help the students with their English and Social Studies papers while exposing them to multiple styles of music, discussing film, theatre and all forms of art. He was a Renaissance man, beloved by generations of McAuley Theatre students, who even stepped on stage and performed in some of the shows. Don Haynes personified and believed in a strong Liberal Arts Education for everyone.

Applications are available during the first semester.

The Elizabeth Geoghegan O’Leary Scholarship

Mr. Patrick O’Leary, along with other family members, established the Elizabeth Geoghegan O’Leary Scholarship in loving memory of his late wife Elizabeth Geoghegan O’Leary, class of 1975, who succumbed to breast cancer in September 2001. The Scholarship is intended for the sole purpose of providing financial aid to a senior McAuley student with an interest in Global Health and/or Women’s Health Issues, as Elizabeth was a strong supporter of these concerns.

The $1000 tuition scholarship is available to students entering their senior year and will be awarded in the fall as a tribute to Elizabeth. The student applicant should be one who is striving for academic excellence and personal growth and meet the following criteria:

  • Be in excellent academic standing, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater.
  • Financial need as demonstrated by submission of the FAST application.
  • Be in good standing with regard to behavior and school attendance.
  • Submit an application essay of no more than 300 words.

Applications are available during the first semester.

Fathers' Club Scholarship

The Mother McAuley Fathers' Club dedicates $1,000 for a scholarship to four selected students (one from each grade level) to support the advancement of their education. The scholarship is intended to be used towards furthering the student’s educational goals.

Scholarship criteria:

  • Student must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Student must be in good standing at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  • Father or guardian must be a dues paying member of the Mother McAuley Fathers' Club.
  • Father or guardian must have participated in at least two Fathers' Club activities or Fathers' Club volunteer events during the school year.
  • Student must submit a 300-350 word, double-spaced 12 point essay on the subject chosen each year by the Fathers' Club.

Applications are available during the second semester.

Hank and Virginia Murphy Award

Established by Hank and Virginia Murphy ’60, this $500 scholarship will be given to a senior student based upon financial need and an essay application which describes their commitment to education.

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrate a financial need by the submission of the FAST application.
  • Maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.7
  • Demonstrate excellence in academics and behavior.
  • Submit an essay application which describes their commitment to education.

Applications for the scholarship are available during the first semester.

Haerther Charitable Trust Scholarship

Together with the Daniel P. Haerther Charitable Trust, we will be able to award three (3) freshman, the Haerther Charitable Trust Scholarship, which will cover half the tuition cost for each student. This scholarship is renewable all four years at McAuley, provided the students meet the following criteria:

  • Academic success by maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. (freshmen must have achieved a composite score at or above the 50th percentile on the High School Placement Test entrance exam)
  • No major disciplinary or attendance issues
  • Demonstrated financial need through submission of the FAST application.
  • Applicant must be focused on attending a four-year college or university.
  • Strong co-curricular involvement in clubs, fine arts, athletics and/or community service
  • Completion of an essay of no more than 500 words. Essays must be typed, double-spaced in a 12 point font.
  • Selected candidates will be required to attend an interview with the scholarship committee as part of the selection process.
Applications are available during the first semester.

The Irish Fellowship Educational & Cultural Foundation Scholarship

Made possible by a donation from the Irish Fellowship Educational and Cultural Foundation, two $1,000 tuition scholarships are awarded. Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Student must be a McAuley freshman or sophomore in good standing
  • At least two of the student’s great-grandparents must have been born in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland
  • Student must complete the scholarship application and a brief essay

Applications are available during the first semester.

Jan Malloy Scholarship for Spirit and Community Involvement

Two $1,000 scholarships have been established to honor Jan Malloy, former Alumnae Coordinator at Mother McAuley. Jan was instrumental in creating several scholarships to help students receive a quality education in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy. These scholarships honor or memorialize loved ones in the McAuley community. With that in mind, Jenny Costello Fortner ‘94, and her husband P. Jay Fortner, have established the Jan Malloy Scholarship for Spirit and McAuley Community Involvement. This scholarship is given to a current sophomore or junior who demonstrates the McAuley spirit and is actively involved in the McAuley community.

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need and be in good standing both academically and behaviorally.
  • Conduct an interview with a Mother McAuley alumnae to whom they are not related.
  • Write an essay answering specific questions addressed during the interview (see questions below). Essays must be 150 to 250 words, type-written in 12-point font, double spaced. Essays longer than 250 words will not be considered.
  • Sign a form along with her parent/guardian and her dean and attach it to the front of the essay.

Jan was an integral part of the Mother McAuley family. She served as the Alumnae Coordinator for eight years and was a true Mighty Mac. Her love for McAuley was evident in each task. Jan was often seen at games cheering on the athletic teams, greeting families at open house or welcoming alumnae back for a reunion. In September 2009, Jan passed away after a long illness and we miss her spirit, laughter, and energy.

Applications will be available during the second semester.

The Jean Morman Unsworth Scholarship

As a former member of the McAuley faculty, Jean Morman Unsworth contributed greatly to the formation and development of the Art Department. Much of her work is displayed throughout the school. She is the designer of the McAuley crest. In her honor, one $500 tuition scholarship is available for students of all levels with an interest in Art. 

Applications are available during first semester.

The Joanne McNealy Kampton Scholarship


Joanne McNealy Kampton graduated from Mother McAuley in 1961. A woman of great faith and spirit, Joanne pursued a non-traditional path after graduating and began a career in the financial industry that led to the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. Always a male-dominated industry, this was no easy task. Her father encouraged her, saying, “Sometimes you’ve got to stick your neck out!” That she did, as she was one of the first women on the Board of Trade’s trading floor, as well as one of the first women members of both the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. While she didn’t know it at the time, Joanne’s successful career took effort, curiosity, and a great leap of faith. Her family strives to emulate these qualities on a daily basis. 

With that in mind, the family of Joanne McNealy Kampton is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a young woman who demonstrates effort, curiosity, and faith both in and out of the classroom. The requirements for applicants are as follows:

  • Demonstrated financial need as indicated by submission of the FAST financial aid application
  • Submission of an essay using the prompt below. Essays musts be typed in a 12 font and should not exceed 500 words. This application sheet should be attached to your essay. Please do not include your name on your essay.

Describe a time when you had to “stick your neck out” (take a chance).  What were the results?  How did your family and your faith help you do this?

John V. and Mary Anne Robinson Scholarship

The John V. and Mary Anne Robinson Scholarship was established in 2008 by Mrs. Frances L. Robinson, a McAuley alumna, in honor of her parents, who sent five daughters to Mother McAuley High School. Two $5,000 tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen and are renewable for up to four years. 

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or better.
  • Maintain a good disciplinary record and be approved by her level dean.

The next awards will be determined in the fall of 2016.

Len Wehrmeister Mathematics Scholarship

The family of Mr. Leonard Wehrmeister, a beloved husband and father of two daughters, has established the Leonard Wehrmeister Mathematics Scholarship at a tribute to his love of teaching. This $1,000 tuition scholarship is available to junior and senior students. 

Applications include an essay of 500 words, typed, 12 font.

Mr. Wehrmeister was a dedicated and inspiring Mathematics teacher for ten years at Mother McAuley. He was the moderator of the Math MACS Club, a member of the Faculty and Staff Council, and a member of the ACT Committee. He loved Mathematics and was certain that it would have a positive impact on students' academic performance and broaden their career opportunities.

Applications are available during the first semester.

 

Maggie Guilfoyle Cheerleading Award

Maggie Guilfoyle was a member of the Class of 2007. She died tragically on March 11, 2006, during her junior year at McAuley. Her parents established a $500 tuition scholarship in her memory.

Any Mother McAuley student who also is a high school cheerleader, and demonstrates financial need as indicated through submission of the FAST application, is eligible to apply.

Applications are available during the first semester. 

Maggie Guilfoyle Memorial Award

Maggie Guilfoyle was a member of the Class of 2007. She died tragically on March 11, 2006, during her junior year at McAuley. In her memory, the Class of 2007, spearheaded by the National Honor Society, has funded a permanently endowed scholarship.

The scholarship award is a $1000 tuition credit granted each year to a senior student. Any senior who has achieved a minimum 7th semester GPA of 2.5 is eligible to apply.

We remember Maggie with a smile on our faces. She was so full of life and demonstrated the ultimate spirit for the Mother McAuley High School community as a cheerleader, a fun-loving friend, and an upbeat student. Her spirit touched so many people in such a special way; this scholarship will help that spirit to live on.

Applications are available during the first semester. 

Margaret M. Haran Scholarship

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Jennings, along with their daughters, established the Margaret M. Haran Scholarship in loving memory of their aunt Margaret “Marg” Haran. The Scholarship is intended for the sole purpose of encouraging students who struggle academically. Marg loved to read; she was a reading specialist who believed that every child is gifted and that reading was the key to discovering those gifts.

This $500 scholarship is available to students of all grades. In order to be considered for this scholarship, a student must demonstrate financial need and have no failing grades at the time of application. The student should be one who is striving for academic growth with the assistance of McAuley faculty and staff (i.e. taken advantage of the Learning Resource Program/Center). Each student will apply through a written essay focusing on her personal story of how faculty and staff have facilitated her academic and personal growth.

Students applying are asked to write an essay answering the question below and submit it to Office of Financial Aid. Essays must be 250 words or less, type-written in 12-point font, double spaced. Essays longer than 250 words will not be considered. Please be sure to include the following information with the essay: student’s name, grade and homeroom and parent or guardian’s name.

Essay question: How have you been helped to grow academically through the assistance of the Mother McAuley faculty and staff (i.e. Learning Resource Program/Center, tutoring, etc.)?

Applications are available during the second semester. 

The Marie C. Bromark Memorial Scholarship

Established by Mr. Raymond Bromark, Sr. Lois Bromark, SSJ, TOSF, Vice-Principal of Mother McAuley High School, and family in loving memory of their mother, this scholarship is a $1,000 tuition scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient remains in good standing both academically and behaviorally. The next recipient will be determined in the spring of 2016.

Mary Clare Lynch Memorial Scholarship

The Mary Clare Lynch Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 in loving memory of Mary Clare, McAuley alumna from the class of 1982 and former faculty member. Her family and friends are proud to honor Mary Clare’s memory and support women at McAuley through this scholarship. The award of $1,000 will be given to a current sophomore or junior student for tuition assistance.   

Unlike other scholarships, applications for this scholarship are submitted by faculty, staff and student peers. We ask your assistance in submitting applications for students who, like Mary Clare, serve their families and communities faithfully and frequently.

As an alumna, Mary Clare was influenced by her time at McAuley as a spirited student. As a faculty member, she made a difference to her own students through her compassion and dedication. This memorial scholarship will allow Mary Clare’s impact to continue for our young women by providing financial assistance and an the opportunity to experience McAuley.

Applications are available during the spring semester.

 

Mary Kay Thibeau Scholarship

The family and friends of Mary Kay Thibeau established the Mary Kay Thibeau Scholarship in 2005. A 1970 graduate of Mother McAuley, Mary Kay believed in the spirit that lived in all McAuley girls and the mission of Catherine McAuley: To educate and empower women to make a difference in the world.

Mary Kay made difference as she lived her life with passion, a social conscience and deep care and concern for others. She was grateful for the education she received at Mother McAuley and to the strong women who taught and inspired her.

Mary Kay died in 2004 of ovarian cancer. Her legacy lives on in this scholarship, which is set up to provide financial assistance for upperclassman in need.

The Mother McAuley High School Faculty/Staff Scholarship

The Mother McAuley High School Faculty/Staff Scholarship is made possible through the generous donations of McAuley faculty and staff. Four $500 tuition scholarships will be awarded (one per level).

Application information will be posted on Edline as the scholarships become available.

The Saint Therese, the Little Flower Scholarship

The St. Therese, the Little Flower Scholarship was established by the family of McAuley alumnae in order to support current students in their pursuit of a Mother McAuley High School education. A $2,500 tuition scholarship is available to current McAuley students of all levels. Four scholarships will be awarded. 

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need through the submission of the FAST application.
  • Students must be in good standing both academically and behaviorally.
  • Submission of an essay of no more than 300 words describing the student’s commitment to service and education.

Applications will be available during the first semester.

The Sheffieck Family Scholarship

The Sheffieck Family Scholarship is available to current freshmen students to assist with sophomore year tuition. Multiple scholarships are awarded each year. The amount of the award varies.

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be current first year student at McAuley.
  • Demonstrate financial need through the submission of the FAST application.
  • Have least one parent/guardian who is a member of the Mothers' Club or Fathers' Club.
  • Participate in at least one extra-curricular activity at McAuley.
  • Be in good standing.

The Director of Financial Aid will evaluate the applications and will consult with the freshmen dean to select the award recipients.

Sister Corinne Raven Scholarship for Service

Sponsored by the Mother McAuley High School Mothers' Club, this $1,500 tuition scholarship is given annually to a freshman, sophomore or junior student. The scholarship is named for Sr. Corinne Raven, RSM, who served McAuley students as principal from 1987-1997 and as curriculum director from 1978-1987. She also taught English during this time.

The focus of the scholarship is service in the tradition of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy. To qualify for this scholarship: 

  • The student’s mother must be a member of the Mother McAuley High School Mothers' Club.
  • Student must submit an essay explaining how the service tradition of Catherine McAuley shows itself in your life.

Applications are available during the second semester.

Sister Mary Brian Costello, RSM, Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Sr. Mary Brian Costello, RSM, former English teacher, curriculum director, and principal of Mother McAuley High School. This $2,000 scholarship will be paid to the college the student will attend after graduation.

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Student must be a senior at McAuley.
  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.49 or higher.
  • Student must personify all-around personal development in academic accomplishment, leadership traits, personality, courtesy, dependability, and Christian love.

Applications are available during the second semester.

Susan Morrissey Memorial Award for Service

Susan Morrissey was a 1986 graduate of Mother McAuley. Susan’s commitment to live out her Christian life led her to take a leadership role as an officer in McAuley’s premier service group, Action/Reaction. She organized her fellow students to seek creative ways to address needs and serve others. In 1997, Susan died suddenly as a result of a car accident. Susan’s family has established the Susan Morrissey Memorial Award for Service in Susan’s memory to encourage young women to step outside of themselves and make a difference by serving the needs of their school, church, and community. The award is a $750 scholarship applicable toward tuition. Current freshmen may apply for this award. 

Applications are available during the second semester.

 

"I have received a total of eight scholarships over my four years at McAuley. Because of this, my family and I were able to focus less on the tuition burden and instead focus on academics and extracurricular activities. I have traveled to several states to learn about leadership and service, competed with my fellow Mighty Macs in the National Science Bowl, and dreamt about my future years in college. Without these experiences, I would not have found my confidence and voice to be a leader, follow my dreams, and achieve my highest goals."

Sarah Dynia '15
Northwestern University, Biomedical Engineering Major

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