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Thanks to generous donors, we offer many scholarships for our students! All scholarships require that a parent or guardian fill out a FACTS Financial Aid Application.

Fr. Martin Mangan Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded each year for students attending St. Patrick School or St. Teresa High School. Applicants and their families must be active and participative members of Ss. James and Patrick Parish for at least six months. To apply for the upcoming school year, a letter should be sent to the following address by the end of May:

Father Martin Mangan, Scholarship Fund

742 E. Clay Street

Decatur, IL 62521

Virginia Jean Hanes Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of Virginia Jean Hanes (nee Parks). A scholarship form will be sent home with students during the school year. This scholarship is based on financial need to help offset tuition.

Dorothy M. Hilligoss Murphy Scholarship

This scholarship fund helps students attending St. Patrick School between 2014-2023. The Estate of Mrs. Dorothy Hilligoss Murphy requested that two $500 scholarships be awarded to students attending St. Patrick School based on financial need of the family. Mrs. Murphy was a dedicated teacher who taught for twenty years at St. Patrick School during the 1970s and 1980s. This is a yearly application. A scholarship form will be sent home with students during the school year. 

McCoy Scholarships

Thanks to contributions from John Eugene "Jack" McCoy and Barbara Ann Witzman McCoy, several scholarships are available to St. Patrick School students. To be eligible for these scholarships, you must be a member in good standing of a Catholic Church. A scholarship form will be sent home with students during the school year. 

  • Honoring Monsignor George Powell - $500
  • Honoring Reverend Donald Wolford - $500
  • Honoring Reverend Jeffrey A. Grant - $500
  • Honoring Sister Rosemary - $500
  • Honoring Ms. Jan Sweet - $500
  • Honoring Mother Patricia Ryan - $500
  • Honoring Father Andrew South - $500
  • Honoring Father Thomas Masterson - $500
  • Honoring Father Terance Tracey - $500
  • Honoring Father Dennis Kollross - $500
  • Single Parent Scholarship - $500

Sister Lucy Education Fund Full Tuition Scholarship

The Sister Lucy Education Fund was established in honor of Sister Lucy Spinner, a principal at St. Patrick School in Decatur, Illinois, for most of her 50-year career in education.

Seventh grade students are invited to apply for this scholarship for the upcoming school year. Students are to submit a typed letter. Areas of consideration to be included are: academics, Mass attendance, parent involvement, school involvement, service hours, concern for others, volunteerism, composition, number of years in attendance at St. Patrick School, and any other information that may be considered important. This letter of application is to be written by the student.

St. Patrick School can be very affordable. We offer a variety of financial aid options and scholarships to help offset tuition. ‚Äč

The first step in applying for financial aid or scholarships is to sign up for FACTS account and fill out a financial aid application. 

In addition to getting scholarships, FACTS provides tuition payment plan options.


financial aid & scholarships

To apply for financial aid or scholarships, please fill out the FACTS Financial Aid Application at The school will let you know when applications are being accepted. Typically, they are accepted in January and February each year.

To sign up for or see payment plan options, please visit Sign ups typically open in May of each year for the upcoming school year.

If you have any questions, please call the FACTS Parent Help Line at (866) 441-4637 or call Carla at the Parish Office at (217) 429-5363.