Scholarships

Students, please note that the information provided here is for donors. For more information about scholarship criteria and application deadlines, please visit stfrancis.edu/admissions or contact the Financial Aid Office. 

 

Mary Catherine Ward Abegg Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to first generation college students with a preference for education majors.

Growing up in a blue collar neighborhood, Mary received the much needed funds to begin her college career to fulfill her dreams in life from a scholarship that was awarded to her via the College of St. Francis in the late 1950s. Graduating with a degree in mathematics, Mary had made many contributions to the world as a math teacher, parent, and dedicated servant of God. She volunteered her time and talent to organize and manage numerous food and clothing drives for the less fortunate. Mary passed away in 2004 and her husband, Dr. Gerald L. Abegg established the scholarship in her memory.

 

Phyllis & Buel T. Adams Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who demonstrates financial need.

While attending the College of St. Francis, Phyllis was honored by Delta Epsilon Sigma with membership keys. An art major, she was a proud mother of five and used her talents teaching both her family and others that touched her life.  Always involved in her alma mater, Phyllis was an active member of the alumni board.  Phyllis and Buel strongly believed in supporting the students of St. Francis and included the college in their estate plans.   The scholarship was established in 1992.

 

Alverno Grant Fund

  • Established by Dr. Karen Kietzman, Class of ’66 as the Alverno Grant Fund in July 2004.

Awarded to students participating in the USF Assisi Pilgrimage. Application essay required. Recipients must be committed to creative work, service, or presentation reflecting their experience in Assisi.


Donald C. Anderson and William W. Manion Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to full-time students with demonstrated financial need and maintains a minimum of 3.5 GPA. Recipients may reapply to receive an award provided they maintain a 3.0 GPA and maintain full-time status. Students may receive a maximum of eight consecutive semesters of financial support from this scholarship.

Donald Anderson was a self-established entrepreneur from Chicago. He generated startup restaurants such as the Popcorn Wagon and various fried chicken restaurants. He was an all-around business man who loved traveling and learning anything he could about the business world. For as much as he traveled, he regularly visited Joan Marchetta ’57 while she was attending the College of St. Francis. Joan was the closest family Mr. Anderson had and believed in making a difference in people’s lives, therefore prompting him to invest in the students at Joan’s alma mater in her honor.  This scholarship was established 2005.

 

Harold and Joyce Anglemire Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students who demonstrate both academic achievement and financial need.

As lifetime Joliet residents, it was the desire of Harold and Joyce Anglemire to provide educational assistance to students of the College of St. Francis.   Joyce was a three time alumna:  Saint Joseph School of Nursing 1962; health arts 1984; and health services administration 1990.  This was an estate gift established in 1996.

 

William and Jean Anson Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a Joliet student who typifies the spirit and qualities of the University of St. Francis. The student must be a non-athlete.

In 1980 Rev. William Anson and his sister, Sr. Regina Marie Anson, Assistant Professor of Education established the scholarship in memory of their parents.

 

NBD Bank One Scholarship

  • Awarded to nursing students with a financial need.

Established in 1996 by NBD Bank, Joliet.  This gift was to provide assistant to the 75% of the students who were eligible for financial aid.

 

Barr Foundation Student Scholarship

Awarded to students from the Will County area, who demonstrate financial need, pursuing careers in the health care field. Special consideration will be given to students enrolled in pre-med or allied health programs and those seeking careers in physical rehabilitation, prosthetic application, or serving individuals who have a disability or prosthetic needs. The scholarship was established by George Barr in 1995, former trustee, in memory of his father.

 

Margaret (Kennedy) ’69 and William C. Benoit Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded yearly to a junior or senior at the University of St. Francis with financial need and demonstrating academic achievement obtaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Margaret and William Benoit are long-time educators in the Joliet Public District 86 Schools.  Both Margaret and Bill have been active in the community and the sponsoring organization of Sisters of St. Francis and the University of St. Francis.  Margaret, an alumna, and William, who currently supervises teachers at the university, value education and desire to make a positive impact on USF students. Their generous gift is not for the deserving student alone, but for the community that will benefit by the students’ service and leadership in years to come.  This scholarship was established in 2014.

 

Jennifer K. Bily Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to student in good academic standing and with an identifiable financial need. First preference will be given to a senior nursing students residing in Plainfield, Illinois, and/or with expressed interest in emergency/trauma disciplines.

Jennifer was a Saint Joseph College of Nursing Student at the time of her death in March 5, 1995. This scholarship has been created to assist deserving students planning to become baccalaureate degree nurses. Since Jenny could not complete her dream, it is the desire of Jennifer’s family that deserving nursing student be assisted in perpetuating Jennifer’s commitment to nurture and heal those who hurt.  The Jennifer K. Bily Memorial Scholarship was established by her parents, Anthony and Kathy Bily.

 

Lloyd J. Bowden Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student who participates in intercollegiate athletics.

The Lloyd J. Bowden Endowed Scholarship was established in 1978 by Mr. Lloyd Bowden. His personal and Franciscan values touched the lives of many young men and women. Through this scholarship the legacy of Mr. Bowden lives on and as a result of a USF education, the scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to create a legacy of their own.

 

LaVerne S. & Dorothy M. Brown Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to two students who demonstrate dedication and service to others. Freshman students must be in the top 10% of their class, and sophomores through seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

LaVerne (Bitz) Brown served with distinction as chairman and member of the Board of Trustees.  Through his dedication, leadership and wise counsel, the university was able to continue to grow and prosper. Bitz and his wife, Dorothy (Dottie), have set an example of commitment and service, and their efforts have contributed to its growth, strength and excellence. As members of the Caritas Committee for many years and Chairpersons of the 1988 Caritas Ball, they brought significant good will and community support to the university as a result of their tireless efforts.

It is this generosity of self and spirit that illustrates best the ideals for which St. Francis, patron saint of the University of St Francis, is recognized. The scholarship was established in 1995.

 

Helen Antonini-Bruskas ’64 Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a sophomore or junior studying the humanities. Applicants must submit an essay on a topic within the discipline of their choice, (philosophy, theology, history, or literature).

Generous friends of the university, Arthur and Vera Smith established this scholarship in honor of their dear friend, Helen Antonini-Bruskas, Class of ’64.  Helen is an alumna and excelled in her classes at the College of Saint Francis. This award was established in 1992.

 

Helen M. Burst Scholarship

  • Awarded to a nursing student demonstrating financial need.

This fund was awarded through the St. Joseph School of Nursing and the first gift was disbursed from the Helen M. Burst estate in 2003.

 

Dorothy Kenney Busse ‘34 Nursing Award

The Dorothy Kenney Busse ’34 Nursing Award will be given to a graduating senior nursing student who is passionate about their field of study. The Dean of the College of Nursing, along with appointed nursing faculty will choose the recipient.  This award was established by Kathleen French, daughter of Dorothy, and will fund the award yearly in memory of her mother

 

Joseph and Angeline Bydalek Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students who are graduates of Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee; if none, then to student with some physical or mental disability; if none, then to be awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need.

Joseph and Angeline were parents of Lois Bydalek Johnson ’57. This scholarship was established in 1993.

 

Richard Cheek Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students in financial need.

Richard Cheek’s family and friends established this scholarship in his honor after losing his battle with cancer at the age of 21. This scholarship has allowed Richard’s legacy to live on by helping many College of Saint Francis students over the past two decades create a legacy of their own.   Richard’s mother, Virginia is a St. Joseph School of Nursing, Class of ’41 alumna.  This scholarship was established in 1991.

 

Jason Chonacki ‘90 Endowed Scholarship.

  • Awarded to two students who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The recipient is selected by the director of campus ministry and men’s soccer coach in conjunction with the director of financial aid.

While attending the College of St. Francis, Jason served as a peer minister for two and a half years. In that time, he provided leadership, support and encouragement for the other peer ministers. He was the head peer minister in Tower Hall and through his powerful personality he had influenced a young man to become a priest. In addition to his peer minister responsibilities, he served on the team for the Koinonia retreats, giving a major inspirational talk, volunteered time at the Uptown shelter for bag ladies, and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Jason did all this with spirit, commitment and a style that has made him an effective peer minister and leader. It is not an understatement to say that his death affected everyone on this campus who knew him.  This scholarship was established in 1995.

 

Charlotte Codo Scholarship

  • Awarded to a deserving student who is taking at least one course in French and/or Art.

Charlotte Codo, Class of ’74, an artist, majored in French at the College of St. Francis. She also studied to be a nurse at Wesley College, part of Northwestern University’s Chicago campus. This scholarship was established in 1987.

 

Margaret Coleman and John Philip Coleman Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student in his/her sophomore, junior or senior year who majors or minors in literature or art and shows evidence of practicing Christian ideals.

This memorial scholarship was created in honor of siblings Margaret and John Philip Coleman, idealists who in their brief lives sought peace, justice, honor, charity, and always the greater good. The scholarship was established in 1981 by their sister, Rosemary Coleman, Class of ‘46.

 

Amy Lynn D’Amico Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students pursuing degrees in education (Teacher Licensure) with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and write an essay on how they emulate Amy’s spirit and qualities.

Amy Lynn D’Amico, epitomized the qualities espoused and celebrated by the university. Pursuing a lifelong dream to shape lives of young people as only a teacher can, Amy Lynn D’Amico prepared herself academically as an education major and as an exemplary student teacher who graduated with the highest honors. Amy’s life was cut short at the very start of her promising teaching career as the result of an automobile accident. This scholarship was established in 1999 by the D’Amico family.

 

Jonathan E. Ellis Scholarship

  • Awarded yearly, divided between an international student and an athlete (2.8+ GPA) who exemplifies the spirit of St. Francis. The student must have attended the University of St. Francis for a minimum of one year and must exhibit the qualities that include good moral character, integrity, and good sportsmanship.

Jon was dedicated to the students and staff at the University of St. Francis. His job as a security officer utilized his talents from previous work and life experiences. Not only was Jon a faithful, hardworking and dependable employee; he was also able to demonstrate his Christian spirit in ministry. In his life, Jon exemplified the spirit of St. Francis.  This scholarship was established in 2015.

 

Bridget (Fitzgerald) Garavalia ‘45 Nursing Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate senior level nursing student in the B.S. in nursing program, demonstrating financial need and maintaining a GPA of 3.25 or better.

Bridget (Fitzgerald) Garavalia graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1945 with a nursing diploma. She passed away after a valiant 28-year battle with heart disease. During the course of her life, she shared many fond memories of nursing school with her family. After working for nine years as an office nurse for Dr. Joseph Duffy, Bridget spent the rest of her nursing career at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. She enjoyed the enduring friendships of her nursing classmates and colleagues who will always remember Bridget’s sense of humor, whimsy, and quiet strength.  The scholarship was established in 2008 by her daughters, Bridget and Colette Garavalia.

 

E.E. “Jim” Garrison Memorial Scholarship

  • Awarded to nursing students who demonstrate financial need.

E. “Jim” Garrison was a resident of Joliet since 1951. He was formerly employed by Caterpillar Tractor Company retiring in 1974, following forty years of service. He was the Chairman and Chief negotiator for Illinois State Chamber and Illinois Manufacturing Association, member and Chairman of Illinois Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee, Member and Chairman of the Joliet Human Relations Commission. The scholarship was established at the St. Joseph College of Nursing.

 

Nancy K. Gosselin Memorial Scholarship

  • Awarded to full-time students from Illinois who rank in the upper quarter of their class and exemplify qualities of leadership. Preference will be given to students with financial need who have one deceased parent and who reside in Will County.

Mrs. Nancy Gosselin was a loving mother of four. She was a member of the College of St. Francis Board of Trustees, a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church, a past president of the George Werden Buck Boy’s Club Women’s Auxiliary, a member of the Visitation and Aid Society and Saint Joseph’s Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, and a Red Cross volunteer in physical therapy.  This scholarship was established in 1975 by John Gosselin in honor of his wife, Nancy.

 

Sheldon and Marie Hauck Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to undergraduate students. Priority is given to children or grandchildren of Harris (now BMO) Bank employees, and students who exhibit financial need. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The scholarship is renewable based upon the recipient’s achievements and financial need.

Sheldon Walter Hauck was a leader in developing business in the New Lenox/Will County area. Dedicated to family, business and his community, Sheldon founded business enterprises including the New Lenox Coal and Feed Co., which was renamed in 1948 as the New Lenox Gas and Oil Co., and the Hauck Oil Company, organized in 1949. The scholarship was established in 1993.

 

Hollywood Casino Scholarship

  • Awarded to a minority undergraduate student in social work, hospitality, business, marketing, or finance. Recipient must be involved in community service and be in good academic standing.

Hollywood Casino Joliet is committed to making a difference in our community. Through charitable work, partnerships and sponsorships, they support the businesses and charities in the Joliet and Will County areas. This scholarship was established in 2007.

 

Charlene M. Huffman Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students from the Joliet area to encourage service to others, commitment to Franciscan ideals, and academic excellence.

Charlene Huffman and her husband, Wayne, contributed greatly to the growth, strength and excellence of the University. As members of the Caritas Committee for six years and Chairpersons of the 1989 Caritas Ball, they brought significant good will and community support to the College of St. Francis as a result of their tireless efforts. Charlene Huffman, through her work on behalf of the College of St. Francis and other worthy causes in the Joliet area, has left a legacy of service to others.  This scholarship was established in 1995.

 

Sonja Jezidija Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need and who rank in the upper half of their high school class. Special consideration will be given to applicants from single parent families and of Croatian descent. This scholarship was established in 2001.

 

 Starr Johnston Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Awarded to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who demonstrate financial need.

Over the years, Starr Johnston and his wife, Babe, gave freely to charities that caught their interest, millions of dollars to universities and homeless missions and senior-citizen centers. The money was there to enjoy and they liked nothing better than lending a hand. The College of St. Francis was one of the institutions blessed by their generosity. This scholarship was established in 1995.

 

Fr. Mychal Judge Scholarship, OFM

  • Awarded to students in need who are in good academic standing and demonstrate a personal commitment to respect for the dignity of every human person, while contributing to their education and completion of their degree. Preference will be given to students who have risen above circumstances of prejudice or some kind of assault on their human dignity particularly if that may have jeopardized their financial or academic standing.

Mychal Judge was born Robert Emmett Judge on May 11, 1933 in Brooklyn New York. In 1992, Judge was appointed a chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. As chaplain, he offered encouragement and prayers at fires, rescues, and hospitals, and counseled firemen and their families, often working 16-hour days. “His whole ministry was about love. Mychal loved the fire department and they loved him.” It was while serving in that capacity that he was killed, becoming the first certified fatality of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In New York, Judge was also well known for ministering to the homeless, the hungry, recovering alcoholics, people with AIDS, the sick, injured, and grieving immigrants, gays and lesbians and those alienated by the Church and society. The scholarship was established by alumna Gina Brandolino, Ph.D., Class of ’94. This scholarship was established in 2015.

 

Dr. Michael V. LaRocco Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a business major who is a veteran or child of a veteran. Must carry a 3.0 GPA.

Retired Dean of the College of Business, Michael LaRocco, D.B.A., was a University of St. Francis employee for 33 years. He began his USF career as professor in 1978 and swiftly progressed through the academic and administrative ranks. LaRocco led in the design of the university’s first business program as well as the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management programs. He also was instrumental in moving the MBA program to its online format, both piloting and teaching the university’s first online classes. USF’s online MBA program was the first such program in Illinois. A model of the university’s core values—respect, service, integrity, compassion—LaRocco has won countless awards for his work both inside and outside of the classroom. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, LaRocco actively supports U.S. servicemen and women. He also has served as Commander of the Ted Stempien VFW 8821 Post since 2009.  This award was established in honor of Mike LaRocco upon his retirement from USF in 2011.

 

John and Cecily Leach Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to pre-nursing or nursing majors in the Leach College of Nursing. Recipients are selected by the nursing faculty for a maximum award of $250 per semester.

Welcome had great meaning to John and Cecily Leach, who have helped shape the landscape of the city of Joliet through the many homes developed with their business, Leach Homes. Their commitment went beyond offering affordable housing to thousands of families; they shaped the community by supporting education and equality health care. Scholarships were established by the Leach family in 1989.

 

Marcita and Joseph A. Ley Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

Established by Marcita Ley in honor of her late husband Joseph A. Ley in 1980.

 

Bill Manner Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to one or more student-athletes from the Joliet region. This annual scholarship gives preference to an individual who has overcome physical challenges or has a deceased parent.

The John Manner Family has been thoughtful and generous in their support of the university and its mission of education and service. John Manner was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1991-2012, and served as chairman of the development committee. He has been a longtime supporter of the university’s athletic department through the Brown and Gold Banquet, and generous contributions to many teams and programs.

John Manner’s son, Bill, has been a special part of the USF community, first as a student and then as a member of the athletic department staff. Bill has supported the athletic program through his positive attitude, generosity of spirit and personal example of perseverance. The relationship between Bill and the athletic department has enabled both to develop and flourish.  This scholarship was established in 1995.

 

Edwin G. and Sophie T. McAdoo/Rev. Harold Niedzwiecki Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to a third or fourth year student majoring in education or sociology and whose future career goals include working with troubled youth. Preference is to be given to students from one of the six New England states (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Connecticut), and if such student is not available, then to a student with financial need meeting all other scholarship criteria mentioned above. This scholarship was established in 2008.

 

Dr. James P. McCabe Scholarship

Awarded annually to a junior or senior pursuing a degree in social work. An application must be submitted and awards are based on factors including academic achievement, community involvement and financial need. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the department faculty in conjunction with the director of financial aid.

In 1972, Dr. James P. McCabe joined the faculty of the College of St. Francis. During his twenty-four years of service, Jim became widely respected and recognized for his commitment to the development and best interests of his students. He was also greatly respected and admired for his service to the college and to the community at large. As a member of the College of St. Francis faculty, Dr. McCabe provided leadership and demonstrated exemplary dedication to the college and its mission, as well as contributing wise counsel to his faculty peers and administrators. The scholarship was established in 1996.

 

Rachel and Harold McDonald Memorial Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to students who are pursuing an education degree and who have a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

JoAnn Barber, Class of ’52 dedicated her career and years of service to teaching and the educational development of young people. From 1987-2005, JoAnn has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and has contributed greatly to the growth, strength and excellence of the university. Along with her husband Andrew, JoAnn has also generously supported the University of St. Francis and its educational mission.  Established by JoAnn Barber in 1995 in honor of her parents Rachel and Harold McDonald.

 

Multicultural Education Recruitment in Teaching (MERIT) Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Joliet Township High School and interested in pursuing an education degree.  For more information contact the College of Education. This scholarship was established in 2012.

 

Carolyn and Bart Murphy Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to undergraduate students with preference given to those who have a strong academic record from a parochial high school, demonstrated financial need and contribute to their own education with their personal resources. Incoming freshmen must rank in the top quarter of their graduating class. Sophomore, junior and senior students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Renewal based upon student’s continued academic achievements and financial need.

 

Carolyn’s passion lies in her deep Catholic, Franciscan faith and ensuring that USF remains a premier educational institution committed to Franciscan values and lifelong learning. These values are in the heart of USF and inherent in Carolyn. Established in November 17, 1995 of her personal faith in the future of USF and her determination to set a powerful example for her fellow alumni and other members of the university to emulate.

 

Frances Naal-Sczepaniak Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a traditional undergraduate student or single mother/father with financial need working toward their degree with a GPA of 2.50 or higher and majoring in social work or psychology.

Frances Naal Sczepaniak has been a Joliet resident, community activist and volunteer for many years. She embodies the core values of the University (respect, service, integrity and compassion) and lives them to the fullest. After graduating from the College of St. Francis in 1958 with a degree in Social Work, Frances worked for the State of Illinois Department of Public Aid and married Albert Naal. Together they raised three children and served their community through their long-established businesses of Lakeside Distributing, Inc. and Naal Plumbing and Heating Company.  This scholarship was established in 2010.

 

Dale G. Nicholson Memorial Scholarship

  • Awarded to students who reside in Will County, rank in the upper third of their class, and exemplify qualities of leadership, service, and love for people. This scholarship was established in 1979.

 

NuMark Credit Union Financial Literacy Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student who is a graduate of Joliet Catholic Academy, Joliet Township High School or Joliet Junior College; a business major with demonstrated financial need and contributing to their own education. The recipient should exhibit academic achievement, leadership and community service; preference will be given to a full-time traditional incoming or continuing undergraduate student.

Established in 2009 by NuMark Credit Union, Illinois, in keeping with their philosophy of “people helping people” and their continued commitment of reaching out to the community.

 

Kathy Patton Oelrich Endowed Memorial Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student in good academic standing and with identifiable financial need. Preference will be given to a senior student who can be assisted to graduation.

Kathy Patton Oelrich graduated in 1984 with a nursing degree from the Saint Joseph College of Nursing. During Kathy’s years at Saint Joseph College of Nursing, she gained a confidence in her skills, and the willingness to tackle tough challenges. She was a single parent with two small children and moved to a strange town in Iowa, sought and gained employment in a Drug and Alcohol treatment center, and met her second husband, Mike Oelrich. She quickly became known as a busy person who could efficiently juggle multiple tasks; a person who was tough enough to run a Detox Unit, with a heart of gold beneath the tough-when-needed exterior. She was well-loved by her clients, her co-workers and staff. She was the person in town others called when someone was in trouble and needed help. This scholarship was established in 1995 by Kathy Patton Oelrich’s husband, Michael Oelrich, and her children Brad and Kelly in her honor.

 

John and Margaret Plese Scholarship

  • Awarded to students of Hispanic heritage living in Will County; applicant must complete the FAFSA and show an estimated contribution of $4,000 or less for the academic year in question; must be working on or off-campus to help pay for their education (to be verified by 2 pay stubs); award amount varies with a maximum of $2,000; student must maintain a 2.5 GPA to receive the scholarship in subsequent years; funds may be used for tuition, fees, books or required supplies.

This scholarship was established in 2008 by Dr. John C. Orr and Mrs. Madonna Orr to honor Madonna’s parents, John and Margaret Plese.

 

Christine Poole Ponquinette Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to an undergraduate junior or senior majoring in social work or a graduate student. Awards are based upon academic excellence, financial need, and an interview with the Social Work Department Scholarship Committee. An application must be submitted.

Dr. Christine Ponquinette and her friend and co-worker, Dr. James McCabe, were founders of the Social Work program at the College of St. Francis in the early 1970’s. Dr. McCabe provided the research component to the program and Dr. Ponquinette contributed with her practicum skills and placement options for the social work internship. They nurtured the successful growth of the Social Work program to meet the challenges presented by the Council of Social Work Education.  This scholarship was established in 1995.

 

Sister Joan Preising Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in the natural sciences or mathematics with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need.

Sister Joan M. Preising gave her life to teaching. She joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate of Joliet in 1921 because she wanted to be a teacher. She took her vows in 1924 and began teaching at the   College of St. Francis. She traveled a bit and taught elsewhere, but she returned in 1940 to spend the majority of her teaching career at St. Francis.  Sister Joan taught chemistry for a total of 29 years and an anonymous alumna honored her with this scholarship in 1997.

 

Dorothy Rapson BSN Emergency Fund for Nursing Students

  • Emergency financial assistance for medical bills, books and other one- time unexpected expenses. A maximum of $500 may be awarded per student.

This scholarship was established in memory of Jane Rapson’s mother, Dorothy, in 1994.

 

Remco Medical Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students from the Joliet area. Priority given to students who attended Joliet Township High Schools, Joliet Catholic Academy or Providence Catholic High School. Students must show a strong academic record, demonstrated financial need, and contribute to their own education.

Rose E. Mancuso and George R. Block, Class of ’79, owners of Remco Medical, are lifelong residents of the Joliet Community. Rose, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, is a pharmacist and was an owner of the Joliet Prescription Shops. Rose has been actively involved in numerous volunteer organizations.

George is a graduate of the University of St. Francis. He is the past President of the College of Saint Francis Alumni Board, past USF Board of Trustees member, and a past board member of Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis, Emeritus Member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Chicago—Greater Illinois Chapter, an active member of St. John the Baptist Parish and recipient of the University of St. Francis Joann Placher Distinguished Alumni Award.  This scholarship was established in 1994.

 

Joliet Rotary Club Scholarship

  • Awarded to students graduating from Joliet Catholic Academy or Joliet Township High Schools. The criteria to be utilized in the selection process includes financial need, talent, academic achievement, leadership and community service.

The Rotary Club works to solve some of the community’s biggest issues. The Rotary Club is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization’s mission and values in their elected roles.  This scholarship was established in 1998.

 

Dr. Ivo E. and Evelyn Rowland Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a Joliet area student with demonstrated financial need.

Throughout his life, Dr. Rowland helped students obtain an education, including two who are doctors today because of his concern. Mrs. Rowland, who was born and raised in Joliet, married her husband in 1945 and moved to Pittsburgh, where Dr. Rowland was a physician and surgeon for 54 years. Dr. and Mrs. Rowland returned to Joliet to retire in 1971.

This scholarship was established in 1986, a tradition started by her late husband of helping students attain a college education.

 

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students in the recreation administration program specializing in therapeutic recreation.

Mr. Ryan was the founder, retired chairman and CEO of Aon Corporation – one of the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance brokers. As an entrepreneur, he founded the company, which traces its origins to a small insurance agency organized in 1964. When he retired, the company had more than 500 offices in 120 countries, generating revenues then in excess of $7 billion.

Patrick was a good friend of former trustee, Packey Webb, and funded the scholarship in his honor.  He and his wife, Shirley, are generous philanthropic leaders in Chicagoland.

 

Virginia J. Saxon Trust for Scholarships

  • Awarded to female students based on the student’s ability, need, character, moral integrity and with an academic focus in nursing, teaching, library science, social work, medicine, law, journalism, psychology or fine arts.

Virginia J. Saxon lived on Grand Boulevard in Joliet and worked in the Joliet community her entire life. Virginia was an active member of the Ottawa Street Methodist Church.  Over the years she worked for Illinois Bell, St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Joliet Public Library where she operated the bookmobile for years. She graduated in 1947 from Joliet Junior College. In 1969 she transferred to the College of St. Francis where she studied Library Science.  While attending classes at the College of St. Francis, she developed a deep appreciation for library science and that inspired her to establish a scholarship in her name in the spring of 1973.

 

Sister Beatrice Schiller Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to an undergraduate student of each class year who is related to an alum, has good scholastic ranking and shows academic promise.

Sr. Beatrice acquired her B.A. in Latin from De Paul University, Chicago, she pursued a Masters and PhD degree in English from the University of Illinois. Her prestigious preparation continued with post graduate study at Harvard, Cambridge, Catholic University of America, St. Mary of the Springs, and Loyola in Chicago. European Travel enriched her role as an “interesting and illuminating teacher”.

Education was of the utmost importance to Sr. Beatrice who wrote “the great crisis of our day demands more than ever that we stay with EDUCATION of the young”. She was fearless in standing up for her convictions and firm in her religious beliefs. Her passion for great ideas and great literature was surely an extension of her great love for the “Word” in all that she did. This scholarship was established in 1975.

 

Arthur J. Schmitt Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to qualified full-time freshmen students who have demonstrated a financial need and a cumulative GPA of 2.5.  It is renewable for two years provided the student completes the necessary requirements each year.  Students who receive this scholarship are required to participate in leadership workshops sponsored by the Dean of Students office. They are also expected to participate in service projects in their junior and senior years.

Schmitt Scholars may major in any discipline. The foundation for this program is about the Social Change Model of Leadership, which is closely aligned with the philosophy of the founder and directors of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation.

 

Mary Clare (Gordon ‘57) Sczepaniak Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded yearly to a traditional age undergraduate student demonstrating financial need and majoring in elementary education. A single mother/father working to complete her/his degree may also be considered for this scholarship. The recipient should carry a GPA of 2.50 or higher.

Mary Clare was an elementary education teacher who taught second and fourth grades for 35 years.

During her career, Mary Clare also was a mentor to many student teachers she took them under her wing and inspired them through her gracious demeanor and adept leadership. Many of her former student teachers credit Mary Clare’s mentorship for their teaching success. This scholarship was established in 2007.

 

Margaret “Peggy” (Schmitt ’48) Sickley Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to at least two traditional age undergraduate students with financial need and majoring in education. A single mother/father working to complete her/his degree will also be considered. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher. This scholarship was established in 2010.

 

Dr. Patricia Shelvy Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student in good academic standing enrolled in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program. Qualifying student must exhibit a strong desire to complete the program and become an asset to the community working in the field. The Dean of the College of Nursing coordinates the award. This scholarship was established by Dr. Patricia Shelvy in 2013.

 

Sister Rosemary Small Franciscan Values Award

  • A $1,000 award is presented at May commencement exercises to an outstanding USF senior who has exemplified the Franciscan values of respect, integrity, service, and compassion during his/her years of study at USF. An application is required.

During Sister Rosemary Small’s time at the University of Saint Francis, she served as the chair of USF’s Campus Accessibility Project to ensure all areas of the campus were open to those with physical disabilities; established the San Damiano Scholars, a core group of University of Saint Francis professors to conduct scholarly research on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition; directed the Center for the Study of Contemporary Ethics; taught symposia on St. Francis and Clare to innumerable students and staff, and provided loving guidance, support, and assistance to all.

Sr. Rosemary tirelessly championed the adoption of the Franciscan values by the university community and the Board of Trustees. Sr. Rosemary’s ability to successfully meet this challenge ensures, to this day, that the vision admission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the university’s founding congregation, are sustained. Her work in educating the USF community on the Franciscan tradition enabled the preservation of the Sisters’ legacy beyond her tenure; enlightened and enriched all of us at USF and continues to make USF a special place where the Franciscan values live in the hearts and minds of students, faculty, administrators, and staff. The award was established in 2012.

 

Arthur and Vera Smith Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students who have demonstrated financial need and contribute to their education with their personal resources. Incoming freshmen must have graduated from a parochial or public high school in the upper one-third of their class.

Helping others was just a way of life for Art and Vera Smith. They invested in young people, helping them achieve their goals in education and the world. Vera graduated from Joliet Township High School, Joliet Junior College, and then later graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Vera returned to college earning a teaching certificate from the College of St. Francis. When Arthur retired from the insurance business, he turned his attention to his garden and to other civic activities. This scholarship was established in 1997.

 

Virgil L. Smith Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students with financial need who possess a commitment to academic and personal excellence and who contribute to their own education.

This scholarship was established in 2001.

 

Jane Engleton Snyder ’35 Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in education, psychology, social work or recreation administration based on academic excellence, need and a personal interview. The scholarship recipient is selected by the Alumni Association Board.

This scholarship was established in 1986.

 

Clair and Josephine M. Southgate Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a female student (preference to graduate of Marian Catholic High School) with demonstrated financial need, majoring in the biology and/or pre-med program with a commitment to academic and personal excellence.

Established in 1999 by Dr. Therese M. Southgate, daughter of Clair and Josephine.

 

Spirit of St. Francis Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who demonstrate Christian values and a desire to spread the Gospel message by example and through conversation with everyone they meet.

Similarly, through the work of the Joliet Franciscans, the Spirit of St. Francis has woven its way into and lived through the lives of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. Found in ministries ranging from elementary schools to fine universities, from rural and urban medical centers to exceptional hospitals, the work of Francis lives on.  This scholarship was established 1998.

 

Mona Minard-Stephen Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a junior in good academic standing regardless of major, in the Joliet area.

Mona Stephen believed in helping others. For many years she was a volunteer with organizations working for community betterment. Dr. Stephen, Mona Stephen’s husband, became chairman of the Will County Board of Supervisors in 1941 and then became the Joliet Township assistant supervisor.  He practiced dentistry for more than 50 years before retiring in 1973.  They loved their community and believed that investing in others was the best thing to do to help the community. This scholarship was established in 1993.

 

Patrick J. Sullivan Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to an athlete, student athletic trainer, or student worker in the USF athletic department. Must be accepted to or enrolled in the University of St. Francis and demonstrate financial need. The director of athletics will be involved in recommending recipients. Scholarships may be awarded for more than one year.

Patrick J. Sullivan, former director of athletics at the University of St. Francis, was an educator, a coach, and a mentor to generations of students for 35 years until his retirement in 2010.  Pat was a role model for countless students and student athletes. He taught them the true meaning of winning – success on the court, in the classroom, and in their personal lives. Established by John and Sue Manner, in honor of Patrick J. Sullivan, who served the University of St. Francis for 35 years in his role as athletic director. This scholarship was established in 2010.

 

Trizna/Vargo Family Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to students who come from a family whose parent(s) is a teacher or in law enforcement and majoring in education.

The Trizna/Vargo family established this scholarship in 1985 to remember and honor the family members who have passed: Joseph and Cecilia Trizna (parents of Ceil and Anna Mae Trizna) and Nandor Vargo (husband of Cele Trizna).

 

Lillian M. Tunze Scholarship Endowed Fund

  • Awarded to student with financial need.

Lillian Tunze was a lifelong resident of Lockport. She was a self-employed hairdresser and was an avid reader. She volunteered at the local Fish Pantry. Although she never attended college herself, she highly valued education and supported several local schools.  This scholarship was established in 2004

 

Michael J. Vinciguerra Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to University of Saint Francis students in honor of former President Michael J. Vinciguerra who served the University of Saint Francis for 11 years. Students must major in science with preference to minority students who are first in their families to attend college with a financial need. This scholarship was established in 2012.

This scholarship was established to honor Michael J. Vinciguerra, who retired as the eighth president of the University of St. Francis in May 2013 after 11 years of service.

 

The Wadsworth Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Awarded to undergraduate students of good moral character who maintain an above average GPA while demonstrating leadership and good citizenship on campus and in the community.

The Wadsworth family is well-known across the United States and internationally for its influence and support of recreation due in great part to the more than 700 golf courses constructed.  Brent and Jean Wadsworth are generous community members who believe in supporting the community in which they live.  This scholarship was established in 2000.

 

MaryAnne Walker Mathematics Scholarship

Awarded annually to a University of St. Francis junior or senior student majoring in mathematics or education with a concentration in mathematics. Recipient must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and is eligible for additional support second semester if 3.0 GPA is maintained.

MaryAnne Walker graduated from the College of St. Francis in 1970. She went on to pursue a master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. A dedicated teacher, she taught for 10 years at Jefferson High School in Woodridge, followed by 25 years at Romeoville High School. In her role as a teacher, she molded, shaped, and influenced countless lives of young people. Her other accomplishments include co-authoring two calculus textbooks in the late 1980. This scholarship was established in 2012.

 

Packey and Eileen Webb Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student of Joliet who has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 and exemplifies leadership and service while demonstrating financial need. This scholarship will be used for tuition purpose only.

Packey was a successful business man and was a trustee from 1976-1990. Eileen attended St. Francis Academy and the College of St. Francis.  They were members of the Caritas Committee for more than 25 years, and chaired the event twice.  The entire Webb family are long-time friends of the university and participated in many events and programs.   This scholarship was established in 1990.

 

Jeanette A. Wirt Endowed Scholarship

  • This scholarship will be awarded yearly to nursing students who show good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, financial need and interest in advancing the nursing field.

The scholarship was established in 2012.

 

Marie Zielinski Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to a student who is a resident of Illinois; majoring in special education, education, or art and has a GPA of 2.0 and is a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer. Established by Gary and Jean Zielinski in memory of their daughter, Marie Zielinski, a University of St. Francis alum who graduated in 2007 with a degree in special education. This scholarship will preserve her legacy of touching lives and helping students succeed.

Marie Zielinski was full of life and loved to have fun. A generous and loving young lady, her infectious smile would light up a room. Marie was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25 while attending the University of St. Francis. Marie endured surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation while completing her field experiences and student teaching. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from USF and earned the designation Learning & Behavior Specialist (LBS1) in 2007 at the age of 26. She began teaching in the fall of 2007 at Farragut Elementary School in Joliet, Illinois. Marie touched many young lives in her short time as a Special Education Teacher. Marie lost her battle to cancer in 2009, but her legacy lives on through the Scholarship that bears her name. The scholarship was established in 2012.

 

Jean Catherine Zipf Scholarship Fund

  • Majored in German in 1943.
  • Established in 1987.
  • Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.