Scholarships

Mary Catherine Ward Abegg Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to first generation students with a preference for education majors.

Phyllis & Buel T. Adams Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to an undergraduate, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, who demonstrates financial need.

Alverno Grant Fund – 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.

Harold and Joyce Anglemire Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to students who demonstrate both academic achievement and financial need.

William and Jean Anson Endowed Scholarship – A non-athletic scholarship awarded to a Joliet student who typifies the spirit and qualities of the University of St. Francis.

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.

Margaret (Kennedy) ’69 and William C. Benoit Endowed Scholarship – This scholarship will be awarded yearly to a junior or senior at the University of St. Francis with financial need and demonstrating academic achievement obtaining a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA.

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, IL, and /or with an expressed interest in emergency/trauma disciplines. Established by Anthony and Kathy Bily in memory of their daughter, Jennifer, a nursing student.

Lloyd J. Bowden Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a student who participates in intercollegiate athletics.

LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Endowed Scholarship – Awarded 2 scholarships of dedication/service to others & commitment; freshman students must be top 10% of their class, and sophomores thru seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Helen Antonini-Bruskas ’64 Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a sophomore or junior studying the humanities. Applicants must submit an essay on an topic within the discipline of their choice, (philosophy, theology, history, or literature). Faculty members will review the essays.

Helen M. Burst Scholarship – Awarded to a nursing major demonstrating financial need.

Dorothy Kenney Busse Nursing Award – The Dorothy Kenney Busse 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.

Joseph and Angeline Bydalek Endowed Scholarship– First preference are 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.

Richard Cheek Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need.

Ed Chmielewski Scholarship – Awarded to one outstanding basketball male athlete and one outstanding female basketball athlete.

Jason Chonacki Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to two students who have a 2.50 GPA or higher as selected by director of campus ministry and men’s soccer coach in conjunction with the director of financial aid.

Charlotte Codo Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a student who taking at least one course in Art or French.

Margaret Coleman and John Philip Coleman Memorial Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior who majors or minors in literature, music, or art. Awarded to one student per year, the scholarship is renewable each ensuing year until graduation. The recipient must show evidence of practicing Christian ideals.

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 G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher and write a one to two page essay on how they emulate Amy’s spirit and qualities.

Bridget (Fitzgerald) Garavalia ‘45 Nursing Scholarship – Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate senior level nursing student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, demonstrating financial need and maintaining a GPA of 3.25 or better. Awards cannot exceed an applicant’s direct college costs.

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.

E. E. “Jim” Garrison Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a nursing student.

Sheldon and Marie Hauck Endowed Scholarship – Awarded annually to undergraduate students. Priority given to employees of the Harris Bank, children or grandchildren of Harris Bank employees, and students who exhibit financial need. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Renewable based upon the recipient’s achievements and financial need.

Hollywood Casino Scholarship – Minority undergraduate in social work, hospitality, business, marketing, or finance. Recipient must be involved in community service and be in good academic standing.

Bernadine Hudson Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a sophomore or junior student showing leadership skills in extracurricular activities. Minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher. Recipient must attend the Senior Services of Will County annual event to honor Bernadine Hudson.

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.

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.

W. Starr Johnston Endowed Scholarship Fund – Awarded to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who demonstrate financial need.

Fr. Mychal Judge Scholarship – The Fr. Mychal Judge Scholarship is generously established by Gina Brandolino, PhD ’94 for need-based students, 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.

Cecily Leach Memorial Nursing Scholarship –Awarded annually to all full-time undergraduate senior level students in the BSN nursing program who have not already received a Leach Scholarship. Established in 1989 through the generosity of Joliet real estate developers, Cecily and John Leach, whose long history of support and friendship was permanently recognized through naming the College of Nursing the John and Cecily Leach College of Nursing.

John 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.

Marcita and Joseph A. Ley Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

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.
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.

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.

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 Social Work faculty in conjunction with the director of financial aid and a member of the McCabe family.

Rachel and Harold McDonald Memorial Scholarship – Awarded annually to students who are pursuing a degree in Education and who have a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

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 who 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 3.0 cumulative GPA. Renewal based upon student’s continued academic achievements and financial need.

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.

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. Student should exhibit academic achievement, leadership and community service; preference will be given to full-time traditional incoming or continuing undergraduate student.

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.

John and Margaret Plese Scholarship – Awarded to students of Hispanic heritage living in Will County; applicant must complete FAFSA and show 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.

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.

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.

Dorothy Rapson BSN Emergency Fund – Emergency financial assistance for medical bills, books and other onetime unexpected expenses.

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.

J.D. Ross Excellence in Education and Service Scholarship – Awarded to full or part time students pursuing degrees in Business, Computer Science, Education, Health Care Leadership, Organizational Leadership and Nursing Fast Track. Applicants must earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree (preferred) or a minimum of 60 semester hours from Joliet Junior College with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, reside in District 525, exhibit academic promise and performance, leadership qualities and active community service involvement, and demonstrate financial need in accordance with Federal and State financial aid guidelines.

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 will be need, talent, academic achievement, leadership and community service.

Dr. Ivo E. and Evelyn Rowland Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a Joliet area student with demonstrated financial need.

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to students in the recreation administration program specializing in therapeutic recreation.

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.

Sister Beatrice Schiller Endowed Scholarship – Awarded undergraduate of each class year who is related to an alum, has good scholastic ranking and shows academic promise.

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.

Frances Naal-Sczepaniak Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a traditional undergraduate or single mother/father with financial need working toward their degree. GPA of 2.50 or higher, majoring in social work or psychology.

Margaret “Peggy” (Schmitt ’48) Sickley Endowed Scholarship – Awarded annually to at least two traditional age undergraduates with financial need and majoring in education. A single mother/father working to complete her/his degree will also be considered. GPA of 3.25 or higher.

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.

Sister Rosemary Small Franciscan Values Award – $1,000 award 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. Application required.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mona Minard-Stephen Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a junior in good academic standing regardless of major, residing in the Joliet area.

Patrick J. Sullivan Endowed Scholarship – Awarded annually to an athlete, cheerleader, student athletic trainer, or student worker in the USF Athletic Department. Must be accepted to or enrolled in USF and demonstrate financial need. Director of athletics will be involved in recommending recipient. Scholarship may be awarded for more than one year.

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.

Lillian M. Tunze Scholarship Endowed Fund – Awarded to student with financial need.

Michael J. Vinciguerra Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to USF Students in honor of former President Michael J. Vinciguerra who served USF for 11 years. Click Here for the online scholarship donation form.

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.

Walgreens Family Nurse Practitioner Scholarship – The Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens would like to recognize one student from the USF Family Nurse Practitioner Program with a scholarship for their professional growth and for their interest in retail healthcare.

MaryAnne Walker Mathematics Scholarship – Awarded annually to USF 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. Application packet must be completed through the Office of Financial Aid. Established by Duane Walker in memory of his wife Mary Anne, a College of St. Francis alum (1970), who was a dedicated teacher in area schools for 35 years, molding, shaping and influencing countless lives of young people. Recipient will be honored by Duane Walker at a dinner event where scholarship will be presented.

Packey and Eileen Webb Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a resident of Joliet who has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 and exemplifies leadership and service while demonstrating financial need. The scholarship will be used for tuition purpose only.

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.

Marie Zielinski Memorial Endowed Scholarship – Awarded annually to 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 USF alum who graduated in 2007 with a degree in special education. This scholarship will preserve her legacy of touching lives and helping students succeed. Click Here for the online scholarship donation form.

Jean Catherine Zipf Scholarship Fund – Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.