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Bishop Blanchette Scholarship



Are you aware that the Joliet Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has it’s own special scholarship fund.  THE BISHOP BLANCHETTE SCHOLARSHIP FUND  It was established in 1982 as a living memorial to honor our late Bishop Romeo Blanchette.  Scholarships in his name are made available each year to students seeking assistance to attend Catholic high schools in the Joliet diocese.  This fund is supported by donations.

In the last 31 years, the Joliet Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has provided $364,000.00 in scholarship money to students at Catholic High Schools. We are very blessed and proud of our endeavors to help pass our faith along to those students needing assistance to attend Catholic high schools.

An Awards Mass is held to present the scholarships to the winning students. 

The tuition cost to attend a Catholic high school in the Joliet diocese has escalated extensively.  If you are interested in applying for a Bishop Blanchette Scholarship, please contact one of the CCW officers or send an e-mail to for more information.  



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Criteria for applying for the scholarship include: Student must be registered in one of the Diocesan Catholic High Schools for the year they are applying for the scholarship, a financial need must exist, student must have a scholastic average of C+ or the numerical equivalent, student must be sponsored by a parish Council of Catholic Women. Each parish CCW can only sponsor one student.


All financial information must be submitted to FACTS, a diocesan approved independent agency which processes the financial application and submits results of its review and recommendations to the BBSF Monitoring Committee. The family must pay a $20 processing fee. If the family has already submitted an application for any award handled by FACTS, the fee is waived.


In addition, the student must submit the following to the BBSF monitoring committee: A one page signed statement on “WHY A CATHOLIC EDUCATION IS OF VALUE TO ME”, a signed statement from the Pastor verifying that the candidate is a member of the parish, a signed statement from the Principal or DRE as to the student’s motivation, involvement and other related data, grades for incoming freshman from grades 7 and 8 or a transcript from high school students, a statement from either the family or the Pastor or Principal of any known extenuating circumstances that would effect the selection, such as health or employment situations.


Call the JDCCW office at 815 834-4080 to get the FACTS application. If you have questions about the scholarship or the application process, call one of the CCW officers.