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Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Mother McAuley offers a select number of scholarships exclusively for incoming freshmen. Descriptions of these scholarships can be found below.

For questions, you may contact Mrs. Peggy Evans Rourke '76 at 773-881-6547, prourke@mothermcauley.org.

Agatha O'Brien Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship highlights the ministry of Sister Agatha O'Brien, who in the face of extreme hardship, demonstrated leadership, courage, perseverance and service to those in need of education. The $2,000 renewable scholarship is awarded to the top 5% of entrance exam test takers.

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Catherine McAuley Service Scholarship

Seven (7) $1,000 non-renewable tuition scholarships are available for incoming first year students who have been recognized for their service and leadership skills, and for going "above and beyond" their Confirmation service hour requirement to make a difference in their church, school or community.

Applications are available in February.

Hometown Heroes Scholarship

Students who have at least one parent who is an active member of any local municipality’s police or fire department are eligible to apply for this $750 non-renewable scholarship. 

 Applications are available in February.

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 2020.

Katherine Patrick (O'Toole) Scholarship

Established in 1989 by Mrs. Barbara Patrick O’Toole, this endowed scholarship assists with tuition for a minority student through all four years of that student’s attendance at Mother McAuley. The amount of assistance will be based upon the interest from the endowment. The student must demonstrate significant financial need as determined by the Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) application.

The next recipients will be in the Class of 2020 and will be selected in the fall of 2016.

Lombard Family Scholarship

Established by Mr. George Lombard and family to support students at Mother McAuley, this scholarship provides four incoming freshmen with awards based upon their excellent academic records and strong potential to be successful students at Mother McAuley.  The scholarship award is $1,000 and is renewable provided students remains in good standing.If you'd like to make a gift, click here.

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.

The Mary Kean Coffey "Pay It Forward" Scholarship

This scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to honor an alumna of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School who dedicated her life to education, to giving back to society, and to “paying it forward.” The scholarship will recognize students who are leaders that fully participate in the concept of “paying it forward” by using their gifts and talents as students, mentors, and active alumnae, supporting both current and future Mother McAuley students. The award amount is set at fifty percent (50%) of the annual tuition. The scholarship will be renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient remains in good standing both academically and behaviorally.

Mother McAuley Board of Trustees Scholarship

The board scholar will receive credit equal to one-half of the annual tuition charge. The scholarship is renewable provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and has an excellent disciplinary and attendance record. Students are invited to apply via their Catholic elementary school principal and must complete the scholarship application and demonstrate financial need. 

Sister Ellen Marie Ryan, RSM Music Scholarship

The Sister Ellen Marie Ryan, RSM Music Scholarship was established by Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in 2012, in recognition of Sister Ellen Marie’s dedicated service to Mother McAuley as a member of the music faculty for over thirty years. This scholarship will provide tuition assistance in the amount of $500 to an incoming freshman student. This non-renewable scholarship will be based upon financial need and will be awarded to a student who has previous music experience in her grade school and/or church and who will continue her music education at McAuley. 

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Tradition of Excellence

Incoming freshman students who are daughters, granddaughters and/or nieces of Mother McAuley High School or Saint Xavier Academy (not college or university) alumnae are invited to apply for this $1,000 non-renewable scholarship. This scholarship is funded by the Alumnae Board.

Applications are available in February.


"Not only was I able to receive an excellent education here at McAuley, but I was able to experience the life of a Mighty Mac and develop various interests.  It allowed me to create unbreakable bonds with the coolest group of girls I have ever encountered.  It gave me the opportunity to find my true self and strengthen my spirituality. It has encouraged me to push past limitations and dive into the unknown.   I do not believe any other high school would have given me the knowledge and life lessons McAuley has given me. Ultimately, I would like to thank Mrs. Klyczek and the scholarship donors who have helped my family with the tuition cost.  My success would not have been possible without the help of the generous scholarship awards I received. "

Kaila Czarnecki '15

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