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Education

Scholarships, grants puts Catholic education within reach

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While Catholic education is important, for some families it is not always financially attainable.

That’s where the Catholic Education Foundation of the Diocese of Joliet can help.

Established in 1996, the CEF partners with donors to create need-based scholarship and grant opportunities that help put Catholic education within reach.

In 2017-18, for instance, those partnerships allowed for the distribution of more than $2.1 million to 1,648 elementary and secondary Catholic school students throughout the Diocese.

Ralph is one parent who tells his story.  “I lost my job and had to sell our house to make ends meet.  The CEF helped my wife and I keep at least some stability for our three girls by offering tuition assistance this school year.”

Mary, a Freshman at Joliet Catholic Academy said, ‘My single mom could not afford to send me here if the school and CEF were not providing financial help.”

Joe Langenderfer, CEF Executive Officer indicated that the CEF website provides specific information about each of the scholarship and grant opportunities available. “Families are encouraged to apply online at http://cefjoliet.org/Scholarships_And_Grants for consideration.”  Each application is reviewed by an independent source outside the Diocese.

He also recommended alternative funding.  “Another option is to visit another website, https://empowerillinois.org/ in order to increase the chance to receive tuition assistance.  In some cases applicants are eligible for awards from both sources.”

For over two decades, the Catholic Education Foundation has awarded $22 million in need-based scholarships to 18,000 qualified students.

Reach out today to see what opportunities for scholarships could be available to your student.

Catholic Education Foundation : 815.221.6127 : 16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403: http://cefjoliet.org/