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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.

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.

Catherine McAuley Service Scholarship Application

Haerther Charitable Trust Scholarship

This renewable scholarship for one-half tuition is awarded to three incoming freshmen with strong co-curricular involvement in clubs, fine arts, athletics and/or community service.

Students must have filled out the FAST application to demonstrate financial need. 

Haerther Charitable Trust Scholarship Application

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. 

 Hometown Heroes Scholarship Application

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 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 four 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.

Students must have filled out the FAST application to demonstrate financial need.

The scholarship will be renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient remains in good standing both academically and behaviorally.

Mary Kean Coffey "Pay it Forward" Scholarship Application

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 must complete the scholarship application and have filled out the FAST application to 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. 

The Sister Ellen Marie Ryan Music Scholarship Application

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 Fore the Macs: Playing it Forward Golf Outing.

The Tradition of Excellence Scholarship Application


"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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