John Fischetti was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose work for many years graced the pages of the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. He also was a man whose enthusiasm for life and generosity of spirit won for him countless friends.
Shortly after John's death in 1980, those friends gathered to consider a fitting memorial to the man who had so enriched their lives and his profession. They decided to create the Fischetti Fund at Columbia College Chicago. To date, the endowment has provided scholarships to some 700 students, as well as monetary awards to 46 outstanding editorial cartoonists via the annual Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition Awards.
For over 30 years, the college has sponsored an annual event to honor the memory of John Fischetti. The professional cartoon competion winner is feted, and their signed, original work auctioned to replenish the scholarship fund. As always, we welcome your individual support. More information on this year's celebration and auction will be available soon on this site.
In these times of economic uncertainty, the financial assistance to complete college education that the Fischetti scholarships provide is more crucial than ever. The results are self-evident: Fischetti alumni are working in the most important media in the country. In one recent year, three Fischetti scholars won the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award for outstanding journalism.