Catholic Education Foundation

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) provides tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students attending Catholic elementary and high schools within the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois.

  • THE CEF ASSISTS our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Joliet with emphasis on funding students from low-moderate income areas.
  • THE CEF EMPHASIZES that low-income families should have equal access to all educational options.
  • THE CEF INITIATES and develops long-term projects and partnerships to help us deliver maximum impact and assistance.
  • THE CEF IS a 501(c)3 charitable corporation incorporated in 1996, and dedicated to the advancement of Catholic education in the Diocese of Joliet and its seven counties including DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall and Will.

THE CEF Federal Identification (EIN) #:  36-4088859.  Registered Mailing Address:  16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, Illinois  60403.    Phone:  815/221-6127

All families and friends of the Diocese of Joliet are invited to become members of the Catholic Education Foundation.


Our Mission And Logo

The Catholic Education Foundation of the Diocese of Joliet accomplishes an important mission in our Diocese by raising resources to allow children in need to attend elementary and secondary Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Joliet.

The Catholic Education Foundation Logo Design
The CEF Logo in its entirety represents the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Open Book is a symbol of Bible and represents the Father. The Blessed Sacrament represents God the Son, Jesus Christ's LIVING presence in our schools . The Dove is a symbol of peace that represents the Holy Spirit.CEF Logo

Meet Our CEF Scholars

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) helps over 1600 students in the Diocese of Joliet each year.

The impact of scholarship dollars is evident when you hear directly from our CEF scholars. Meet just a few of our scholars and leadership team on the video below.