John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship Information

The John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship is an endowment fund established as a result of the Diocese of Peoria ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign and WeShare-cdopnamed in honor of Archbishop Spalding, the first Bishop of Peoria.  If you would like to make a donation that would provide families the opportunity of a Catholic education for their children, click on the button to go to our online giving page.

Applications for scholarship grants will be available for the 2020-21 academic year beginning in January 2020. Assistance is open to students enrolling, or intending to enroll, in any Catholic school, grade Kindergarten through 12, located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are parishioners in the diocese.  All grants will be based on financial need objectively assessed. Information about the grants and application materials may be obtained below or by contacting any Catholic elementary or secondary school in the Diocese of Peoria.

Families of students currently receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to renew a grant for next year must reapply.

The application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2020. Notification of grant awards are anticipated to be announced by June 30 or shortly thereafter.

The Invest in Kids Act in Illinois authorized a Tax Credit Scholarship Program to provide scholarships for Illinois students to attend non-public schools (grades K-12) in Illinois.  You are encouraged to apply for that assistance as soon as the application process opens at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2020.  Learn more!


until Sunday - May 31, 2020

  • All families must complete a FACTS Grant & Aid application.
  • Families must upload either their federal 2019 OR 2018 tax return.  Regardless of which year’s tax return they upload, they must also upload their 2019 W-2’s.
Protocols & Procedures

John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship Fund
Protocols and Procedures

Deadline Date:
May 31, 2020


    • A family applying for Spalding Scholarship assistance must be an active member in good standing of a parish in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.
    • The student[s] for whom the aid is being sought must be enrolled in good standing [or seeking to be enrolled] in grades K through 12 in a Catholic school located in the Diocese of Peoria.
    • All scholarship assistance will be based on a family’s financial need objectively assessed: The diocese will use FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Services to determine financial need.
    • All scholarship assistance will also be dependent upon the recommendation of the pastor that the family is an active member of the parish in good standing.
    • If a student changes schools during a school year, tuition assistance grants will follow the student as long as the student is enrolled in and in good standing in a Catholic school in the Diocese of Peoria and the family is a member in good standing of a parish in the Diocese of Peoria.
    • All awards are for one school year only. A family must apply for Spalding Scholarship assistance each school year.
    • The number of grants and the amount of each grant for the school year will be dependent upon the funds available and the size and need of the applicant pool.
    • Payment of Spalding Scholarship Grants will be made twice a year directly to the Catholic school a student attends. These grants will be applied to the family’s tuition obligation. It is anticipated that tuition assistance grants will be announce by the end of June 2020.
    • If the student receives an Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship for full or partial tuition for 2020-2021, (qualifications and application information can be found at, they are ineligible to receive a Spalding Scholarship, and any Spalding award previously granted for 2020-2021 will be rescinded.


  • Families interested in applying for tuition assistance from the Spalding Scholarship Fund must complete an online FACTS Grant & Aid Application. The application and required supporting tax documents must be received online by FACTS by the application deadline date of May 31, 2020.
  • The FACTS application, the payment of the application fee, and any required supporting documents are to be transmitted online to FACTS according to their directions.
  • Families must also request the pastor submit a recommendation to the Office of Catholic Schools verifying good standing in the parish.
  • The application process is complete only when the pastor’s recommendation has been submitted to the Office of Catholic Schools and when a completed parent financial aid application, and required supporting tax documents and the application fee, have been submitted to FACTS.  Only completed applications which include supporting documents submitted on or before May 31, 2020 will be considered when Spalding assistance awards are determined.
  • A checklist for a Spalding Scholarship Application as well as a downloadable version of these Protocols and Procedures may also be found in forms in the Spalding Scholarship folder under Catholic Schools.


Protocolos y Procedimientos
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