Tuition Assistance Keeps St. Giles Strong
With growing costs, attending St. Giles requires significant sacrifices for many families. With tuition at $5,300 and rising, families with multiple children in our school could face tuition bills of more than $14,000 a year.
That is why we need YOUR help to offer more tuition assistance and maintain St. Giles as a diverse and affordable school.
A significant number of students at St. Giles come from areas surrounding Oak Park, where public schools are not a good option. For many of these children, tuition assistance can make all the difference.
A diverse student population enriches our school and our community. At the same time, the foundation that all our students receive in Catholic traditions will enhance our church in the future.
Won’t you please help a struggling family send their children to St. Giles?
Alumni Generosity Expands Tuition Assistance
A recent donation from two generous St. Giles alumni will make a big difference for generations of St. Giles students. The creation of the Jack and Peggy Crowe Education Endowment Fund with an extraordinary $1 million gift from the Crowes will make up to $50,000 in new tuition assistance available each year from the earnings on the principal from the endowment.
A celebration Mass in December gave students, staff and parents an opportunity to thank the Crowes, who are graduates of 1942 and 1948, for this amazing gift, which will help current students receive a Catholic education at St. Giles. The endowment fund will provide need-based tuition assistance to families who may not otherwise be able to send their children to our school.
“Our mission is to partner with families and provide a high quality Catholic education to all who desire one,” said Nancy Zver, Principal of St. Giles School. “In the past, our resources have limited the number of families we were able to support in their wish to secure a place in the supportive and rigorous educational environment St. Giles School provides. This visionary gift made by Mr. and Mrs. Crowe will help the school mission be realized for many more dedicated families long into our future; solidifying the foundation of an already vibrant and vital school.”
Although every donor cannot make a donation this large, ever dollar contributed to one of our Tuition Assistance Funds listed here is important to allow more deserving families send their children to St. Giles. Applications for need-based tuition assistance can be made online after your application for admission is accepted.
TWO WAYS TO HELP
St. Giles offers two options for supporting our community through tuition assistance.
Scholarship Endowment Fund
St. Giles is fortunate to have an endowment fund that generates interest each year to fund scholarships. This fund of about $600,000 generates an average of about $25,000 annually to help families afford tuition.
Our long-term goal is to continue to build this fund to keep up with the growing costs of Catholic education and provide a permanent source of tuition assistance to support school families.
Margaret Stewart Tuition Assistance Fund
Many donors make annual donations to the Margaret Stewart Tuition Assistance Fund.
The fund was named in honor of a longtime St. Giles teacher, and her commitment to our students. Mrs. Stewart spent her retirement years as our librarian after teaching English for decades.
Our goal for the Margaret Stewart fund is to raise $25,000 each year to supplement endowment income and provide annual assistance to students in need.
BUILDING OUR SCHOOL FAMILY
Jordan Wheeler graduated from St. Giles in 2012 and Morton East High School in 2016, and is now attending college in DeKalb, Illinois. His grandfather, Phillip Henry, credits St. Giles with giving his grandson a good foundation that might not have been available in the Chicago public school he would have attended. “St. Giles has values and rules,” he says.
“You don’t have to contend with gangs. The teachers are caring people.” Tuition assistance helped Jordan continue at St. Giles when his grandfather was facing some financial difficulties. “I had been praying and asking God to help me find a way when there didn’t seem to be a way,” says Mr. Henry. When Mrs. Poetzel, the St. Giles principal at the time, offered tuition assistance in return for Mr. Henry’s help as a crossing guard, “It was an answer to my prayer,” he says.
Mr. Henry has also been an answer to St. Giles’ prayers. Four years after Jordan graduated, he has become an important presence, greeting students in the morning and afternoon to escort them safely across the street.
Having Jordan in the school provided an important learning experience for him and for the other students in his class. Mr. Henry, who is African American, notes that he attended a segregated school when he was growing up in Missouri. “I thought Jordan needed to be exposed to different kinds of people because that’s the world we live in.”