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College Scholarships

The Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarships. Click any title in the list below to view an explanation of each award and its eligibility requirements. You may view application instructions and download forms where available. A number of educational enrichment and professional development grants are also available.

19th Century Charitable Association

Amount: $2,000 college scholarships, renewable for four years

Description:The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association promotes social responsibility and life-long learning as it serves our community.

Eligibility: Graduating seniors at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Priority is based on financial need, academic excellence and community service.

How to apply: Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Application dates and deadlines:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Kathy McMahon Adams Scholarship

adamsAmount: $1,000 college scholarships

Description: The Kathy McMahon Adams Fund provides college scholarships to graduates of Ascension School in Oak Park, or parishioners of Ascension Church. Special consideration is given to students considering the teaching profession.

Eligibility: Open to graduates of Ascension School or Ascension Church parishionerswho are high school seniors or current college students. (A desire to pursue a career in teaching receives extra consideration.)

Application Deadline:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Bolin-Cooper Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 four-year, renewable college scholarship

Description: The Bolin-Cooper scholarship honors the memory of former Hockey Club players Kevin Bolin, who died in 2001, and John Cooper, who died in 1979.

Eligibility: Open to senior members of the Oak Park-River Forest Hockey Club

How to Apply:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022. See the Oak Park-River Forest Hockey Club Board for information.

Catherine Devereux Brandstrader Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 college scholarshipbrandstrad

Description: Mrs. Brandstrader's grandchildren established this scholarship to honor their grandmother who raised eight children with her husband Frederick in Oak Park. All three sons attended college, but the family did not have the funds to send their daughters.

Eligibility: Female graduating senior from Oak Park and River Forest, Fenwick or Trinity High Schools and who is also from a large family.

Application Deadline:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Bernard "Duke" Gawne Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 college scholarship

Description: The Bernard "Duke" Gawne scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Gawne, a long-time Oak Park resident whose children attended Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Eligibility: Graduating seniors at Oak Park and River Forest High School.

How to Apply:  Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required documents.

Application Dates and Deadline:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Dr. Marcia L. Hubbard-Shepard Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 college scholarships

Description: The Dr. Marcia L. Hubbard-Shepard Memorial Scholarship is in memory of Dr. Marcia Hubbard-Shepard who is from Shaker Heights, OH and attended Shaker Heights High School. Dr. Hubbard-Shepard was a pathologist at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The scholarship is focused on providing support and mentorship to an African-American male or female with an interest in the pre-medicine, math or sciences.

Eligibility: Open to high school seniors of Shaker Heights High School

How to Apply: Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Kiwanis Club of River Forest / Oak Park Scholarship

Amount: $500 to $1,500 college scholarships in 2020-21

Description: The Kiwanis Club of River Forest / Oak Park will award one or more scholarships to assist high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in community service to others, achievements in scholastics, and extra-curricular activities to attend the college of their choice.

Eligibility: Graduating seniors who are residents of River Forest or Oak Park and are active in community service and extra-curricular activities.

Application Deadline:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Jack Kunkle Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 college scholarship(s)Jack Kunkle

Description: The Jack Kunkle Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 to honor Jack’s memory and award Lyons Township seniors who have participated in performing arts, including theatre, improvisation, choir, WLTL, and LTTV.  Special consideration will be given to students who have emulated Jack’s creativity and generous spirit with fellow writers and performers.

Eligibility: Graduating seniors at Lyons Township High School (LaGrange, IL) who have been active in performing arts.

Application Date: Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Muehrcke Family Fund Scholarly Athlete Award

Amount: $5,000 one-time renewable college scholarship in second semester of freshman year

Description: This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Robert Muehrcke, who established a medical team for athletes within the West Suburban Conference and served as the athletic team physician for Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Eligibility: High school seniors at Oak Park and River Forest High School who demonstrate leadership in athletics during their high school career and explicitly plan to pursue a four-year, post-secondary degree related to medicine, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing or physical therapy. The high school senior selected must have at least a 4.0 gpa and be expected to achieve and maintain a minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average (GPA) during the first semester of college.

How to Apply: Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Application Deadline:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Oak Park-River Forest High School Scholarship Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Various scholarships

Description: The Oak Park and River Forest High School Scholarship Foundation Fund provides a number of scholarships and awards to graduating seniors at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Criteria depend upon the individual scholarship awarded.

Eligibility: Students of Oak Park and River Forest High School

Details: For information and online application, visit: www.scholarships4oprfhs.org

Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest | Community Service Award

Amount: $1,500 college scholarshipsrotary


Description:
The Oak Park-River Forest Rotary club was founded in 1919 and is dedicated to the Rotary mission of "Service Above Self."

Eligibility: Graduating seniors who are residents of Oak Park or River Forest and are active in community service.

Application Deadline: Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest | Farr Brothers Technical Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 technical school scholarship(s)

Description: The Oak Park-River Forest Rotary club was founded in 1919 and is dedicated to the Rotary mission of "Service Above Self."

Eligibility: Person entering or completing training in the trades or vocational (other than a four-year college) program and is a resident of Oak Park or River Forest.

Application Deadline:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Shah Shiv Dev Proviso Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 college scholarships offered in 2020.

Description: This Fund provides scholarships for underprivileged graduating seniors from District 209 Proviso Township to improve their livelihood through education and/or training.

Eligibility: Priority consideration will be given to students who are first in their family to attend college and demonstrate middle level Grade Point Averages (GPAs) of 2.5 to 3.5, and may not receive additional outside support through grants and scholarships.

How to Apply: Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

The Harold D. Shepard Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 college scholarships

Description: The Harold D. Shepard Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Harold D. Shepard, an alumnus of Lane Technical College Prep High School class of 1966. Upon graduating from Lane Tech, Harold attended DeVry University and then went on to work at IBM before starting his data processing and fulfillment company. This scholarship is focused on providing financial assistance for an African-American male or female with an interest in technology or entrepreneurship.

Eligibility: Open to high school seniors of Lane Tech College Prep High School

How to Apply: Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

The Shepard Family Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 college scholarships

Description: The Shepard Family Memorial Scholarship was established is in memory of Harold Shepard and Dr. Marcia Hubbard-Shepard who raised their family in Oak Park and whose children are alumni and/or currently attend OPRF High School. Dr. Hubbard-Shepard was a pathologist and Harold Shepard was a tech entrepreneur. This scholarship is focused on encouraging an African-American male or female interested in pre-medicine, technology or entrepreneurship to pursue such careers.  Scholarships will be distributed directly to the institute of higher learning, i.e. college or university.

Eligibility: Open to high school seniors of OPRF High School

How to apply: Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Application Deadline: Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Elizabeth Snow Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500 college scholarshipsnow


Description:
Elizabeth Snow was a much loved, respected and active leader in the civic and cultural life of Oak Park.

Eligibility: Graduating senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School planning to pursue the study of French as a major or minor during college.

How to Apply:  Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Application Dates and Deadline:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Tibensky Family Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 four-year renewable college scholarship

Description: The Tibensky family established this scholarship to provide mentoring and opportunities for students that demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility: Oak Park and River Forest High School students

How to Apply: Complete the OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Application Deadline: Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

William and Joyce Wartmann Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 college scholarship(s)wartmann


Description:
Mr. Wartmann honors his mentor, art teacher Arthur Peltz, with this scholarship that encourages students that are inspired by the arts but might not have excelled otherwise academically.

Eligibility: Students of Oak Park and River Forest High School, active in the arts, special consideration given to students with mid-level academic performance.

How to Apply: Complete the OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Application Deadline: Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Braley Family | Wood Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 college scholarships

Description: This scholarship honors long-time community leaders James and Yvonne Wood.

Eligibility: Graduating senior at Oak Park and River Forest and Geneva High Schools.

How to Apply:

OPRFHS Students complete the OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Geneva HS Students apply using your high school common scholarship application. Contact Lisa Schwer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application Deadline:  Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

 

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