Quigley Scholars Program



Quigley Scholars are high school men who feel God is speaking to them in a real way and who want to enter more deeply into a conversation with Him. They are serious about living their Catholic faith and want to talk about it and study it further. And they feel that God might actually be asking them to learn more about what it means to be a Catholic priest.

Quigley Scholars make a commitment to:


Attend a formation meeting once a month

We meet once a month from September through May. The evening includes prayer, reflection time, Mass, dinner with the seminary community, and faith sharing and catechesis with college or major seminarians.

Quigley Scholars formation nights are held on Wednesday evenings in Chicago at Saint Joseph College Seminary or on Thursday evenings in the northern suburbs at Mundelein Seminary.


The heart of our relationship with God lies in sharing our life with Him, and sharing His life. We nurture this relationship through our personal daily prayer and by participating in the sacramental life of the Church. Our Quigley Scholars know that prayer is one of the most important ways we can be open to the ways God calls us.

Attend Mass

The Eucharist is central to the life of every Catholic and especially to those who feel a call to priesthood. Our Scholars regularly attend Sunday Mass and even daily Mass if it is possible and available.

Participate in Youth Activities if Needed

At times, the Quigley Scholars are asked to help the Vocation Director with different vocation events during the year. In doing so, Quigley Scholars witness that God is actively calling people to serve the Church, and they encourage others to respond to God's call even as they are trying to do themselves

Meet with the Priest Sponsor

Once a month, the priest who sponsors a Quigley Scholar meets with him to discuss his spiritual life and the ways God is working in the Scholar’s life. The Priest Sponsor may be a pastor, an associate pastor, or even one of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Associate Vocation Directors.




Offset High School Tuition at A Catholic High SChool

Through the generosity of many donors who support of long and lasting legacy of the Quigley high school seminary program, we are proud to offer $2,500 scholarships (renewed annually) to help students in financial need who are enrolled in a Catholic high school. These scholarships are paid directly to the Catholic high school the Quigley Scholar attends in two installments: one in the first semester and one in the second.

To qualify, a student must be attending a four year Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Chicago. (Awards are not given to students who attend public high schools, Catholic high schools outside the Archdiocese of Chicago, or are home-schooled.)

Participation is the most important part of the Quigley Scholars program, so students are required to be present at the monthly meetings to receive the full scholarship. Parents are required to attend an annual meeting to see how their son's potential vocation can be fostered and developed in the home.

There is an area on the application form where you can apply for the scholarship. A Quigley Scholar must apply for the scholarship each year they are involved in the program.


College Seminary Scholarship

Saint Joseph College Seminary offers a $2,500 scholarship for those who attended a public high school or were home-schooled while involved in the Quigley Scholars Program and are admitted to the college seminary. The scholarship is applied directly toward tuition at Saint Joseph College Seminary and is awarded annually based on the number of years the student participated as a Quigley Scholar. All Chicago seminarians who attend St. Joseph's College Seminary are eligible for archdiocesan assistance for tuition.



A Quigley Scholar is someone who is serious about their faith and is



You’ll be asked to present a Certificate of Baptism from the parish in which you were baptized. Practicing your faith means that you and your family are registered at a parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago and attend Sunday Mass regularly.



Each month, Quigley Scholars come together at Saint Joseph College Seminary to pray and learn more about the beliefs and practices of our Catholic faith. You will also talk about what it means to be a priest. You’ll have a chance to meet seminarians and hear stories about the ways God is working in their own lives. You’ll also have a chance to ask them questions and to see why they decided to consider the priesthood.



You’ll need to ask for a recommendation from your pastor, a teacher from grade school or high school, and a member of your family. Sometimes it’s the people around us who help us notice the good things we’re doing and recognize the gifts God has given us.


Our scholars maintain a 3.0 GPA or better out of a 4.0 grading system. They value learning and apply themselves to the best of their ability. We’ll ask your school to submit your grades to Saint Joseph College Seminary twice a year: at the semester and at the end of each year.



Quigley Scholars aren’t just serious about their school work, they’re serious about who they are as a person. We accept candidates who do not have a history of behavioral problems during grade school and at high school.



An interest in theology is a very important sign that you’re ready to seriously begin studying the mysteries of our Catholic faith more deeply. Also important is an interest in learning other languages. Priests often know more than one language to serve their communities. 


APPLY To the Quigley Scholars Program

To apply, please ask your parish priest to assist you through the application process.

We accept applications to the Quigley Scholars Program throughout the year.  However, to be considered for a financial scholarship, your application must be received between January 1 and August 31 prior to the start of the year in which you begin participating in the program.


Shadow a Quigley Scholar

This opportunity is perfect for 8th graders and high school teens who want to see what the program is like before applying. Come spend a session with us and see if this is for you. 

To schedule a shadow day or learn more about the program, please fill out the contact form below.




At Saint Joseph College seminary

1120 West Loyola Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60626.

Saint Joseph College Seminary is located one block from the Loyola Red Line "L" stop. Parking is available at Loyola's Fordham Garage on Sheridan Road for $7.  Transportation to Saint Joseph's is available on a first come, first served basis. Please complete the "Transportation Form" to request a ride.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays between 5pm - 8pm. 

  • September 5, 2018
  • October 3, 2018
  • November 7, 2018
  • December 5, 2018
  • January 23, 2019
  • February 20, 2019
  • March 20, 2019
  • April 24, 2019
  • Retreat: May 25-26, 2019

At Mundelein Seminary

1000 East Maple Avenue (Route 176), Mundelein, Illinois 60060

The main entrance to Mundelein Seminary is directly across the street from Carmel High School. Free parking is available on the seminary grounds in the "Red Lot."

Meetings are held on Thursdays in the North Residence Hall between 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

  • September 27, 2018
  • October 18, 2018
  • November 15, 2018
  • December 13, 2018
  • January 24, 2019
  • February 21, 2019
  • March 21, 2019
  • April 25, 2019
  • Retreat: May 25-26, 2019


Cardinal George created the Quigley Scholars Program in 2007 to support young men in the Archdiocese of Chicago who want to learn more about the priesthood.

Quigley Scholars are high school students who like to serve others, are involved in their parish and are serious about their studies. The program is open to young men in both public and Catholic high schools (at any level) as well as those who are homeschooled.

The Scholars attend a formational meeting once a month either at Saint Joseph College Seminary or Mundelein Seminary from September through April. They pray together, attend Mass, have dinner and attend a small-group faith sharing session with the seminarians.

This program is made possible through the generosity of donors connected to the 101-year history of the Archbishop Quigley high school seminary system.