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Check out these educational opportunities for students of all ages.

Fraternal Scholarship 

Applicants must be COF members for at least 15 months prior to when the scholarship is awarded and in good standing at the time the scholarship is awarded. To learn more about becoming a member, find and contact a local agent here.

This scholarship is worth $1,000. This scholarship is for incoming and current college students between the ages of 17 and 22. Previous Fraternal Scholarship and Educational Award winners are not eligible. The application period runs from August 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Up to 100 winners will be drawn randomly on a live Outreach Webinar. The award is paid directly to the college or university. To qualify, applicants must do one of the following:

1. Host a Feeding God's Children event within the application period.

  • Applicants must register the event online, post event photos on social media with designated hashtags (#FraternalScholarship and #FeedingGodsChildren), send event photos to the Outreach Team and complete the post-event form.
  • Applicants may also apply for the Feeding God's Children Grant to assist with event costs.


2. Participate in Catholic Order of Foresters' Alternative Break.

3. Serve as a religious education instructor at any level (kindergarten through Confirmation) at their home parish or in their college town during the application period.

You may apply without having completed one of the above items. The Outreach Team can help you achieve one!

Applicants who do not win may apply again the following year. Please contact Kaitlynrose Bicek via email or at 630-527-4996 if you have questions.

Apply for the Fraternal Scholarship here.

Sign up for scholarship reminders via text message here.

Educational Award

Amount: $600
Deadline: November 30
Number of recipients: Up to 50 annually
Details: Members ages 17 and older who attend or are planning to attend an accredited college, university, or trade or technical school may apply. Applicant must be a COF member for at least 15 months prior to the award deadline (November 30) and in good standing at tie of receiving the award. Winners are selected by a random drawing. Previous winners and winners of the Fraternal Scholarship are not eligible to apply. This award is paid directly to the student.

Apply for the Educational Award here.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Amount: $500 
Deadline: June 30
Number of recipients: Up to 60 annually
Details: TAP is available to student members in kindergarten through 12th grade attending a Catholic school. Applicants may apply annually, whether they won or lost the previous year, as long as they are enrolled in a Catholic school. Eligibility to apply is immediate upon becoming a member. Winners are chosen at random.

Apply for TAP here.

Religious Education Assistance Program (REAP)

Amount: $50
Deadline: June 30
Number of recipients: Up to 100 annually
Details: REAP is available to public school student members in kindergarten through 12th grade attending a Catholic religious education program. Applicants may apply annually, whether they won or lost the previous year, as long as they are enrolled in a Catholic religious education program. Eligibility to apply is immediate upon becoming a member. Winners are chosen at random.

Apply for REAP here.

If you have questions on the Educational Award, the Tuition Assistance Program or the Religious Education Assistance Program, please contact Judy James and the Fraternal Team via email or at 630-983-4937.

All are subject to terms and conditions.

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