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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.

For all Oak Park River Forest area high school seniors:

Kathy McMahon Adams Scholarship

Amount: $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 parishioners who are high school seniors or current college students. (A desire to pursue a career in teaching receives extra consideration.)

Application Deadline:  APPLY HERE.  Applications are due Monday, February 13, 2023 by 5:00 PM.

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:  APPLY HERE. Applications are due Monday, February 13, 2023 by 5:00 PM.

Kiwanis Club of River Forest / Oak Park Scholarship

Amount: $500 to $2,000 college scholarships in 2022-23

Description: The Kiwanis Club of River Forest / Oak Park will award several 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 Information:  Check back in January 2023 for application information to be due April 1, 2023.

Oak Park Residence Corporation Scholarship Fund

Amount: $2,000; 4 year renewable scholarship

Description: Established for the benefit of high school graduates that reside, or have resided, in Oak Park Residence Corporation properties, to support their postsecondary educational plans. Postsecondary educational plans may include colleges, universities, trade or vocational schools.

Eligibility: Student must be a high school graduate, and a resident/ tenant of an Oak Park Residence Corporation property, located in Oak Park, Illinois for the first year of funding. In subsequent years of funding, residency in an Oak Park Residence Corporation property is not a requirement to be eligible for the renewal of the scholarship.

Application: Closed for the school year 2021-2022. Please contact Suzette Roman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

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

Amount: $1,500 college scholarships

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:  APPLY HERE. Applications are due Monday, February 13, 2023 by 5:00 PM.


For Oak Park and River Forest High School seniors:

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.

Information:  This scholarship is no longer accepting new applicants and is only open for renewal candidates in 2022-2023.

Kathleen Marian Garrigan Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 college scholarship

Description: The Kathleen Marian Garrigan Leadership award was established to commemorate the life of Kathleen Garrigan who was an alumnus of Oak Park and River Forest High School and three sport athlete.

Eligibility: Graduating senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School who has participated in sports, been active in community service and demonstrated leadership on and off the field. Academic performance is a consideration but not a priority.

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

Application Deadline: Apply by the OPRFHS Common Application, January 6, 2023 to January 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM

Bernard "Duke" Gawne Scholarship

Amount: $3,500 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 who have demonstrated financial need, at least a 3.0 gpa, and have participated in extracurricular activities and community service.

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

Application Deadline:  Apply by the OPRFHS Common Application, January 6, 2023 to January 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM.

Muehrcke Family Fund Scholar 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:  Apply by the OPRFHS Common Application, January 6, 2023 to January 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM

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

Dates and Deadlines: Apply by the OPRFHS Common Application, January 6, 2023 to January 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM

The Shepard Family Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 college scholarship

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.

Apply by the OPRFHS Common Application, January 6, 2023 to January 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM

Elizabeth Snow Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500 college scholarship


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:  Apply by the OPRFHS Common Application, January 6, 2023 to January 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM.

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: Applications are not being accepted for the school year 2022-2023. 

William and Joyce Wartmann Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 college scholarship(s)


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: Apply by the OPRFHS Common Application, January 6, 2023 to January 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM

Braley Family | Wood Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 college scholarship(s)

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

Eligibility: Graduating senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School

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

Application Deadline:  Apply by the OPRFHS Common Application, January 6, 2023 to January 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM

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 deadline:  Apply by the OPRFHS Common Application, January 6, 2023 to January 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM


Other area scholarship opportunities:

Jack Kunkle Memorial Scholarship (Lyons Township)

Amount: $2,000 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: Please contact Lianne Musser at Lyons Township High School for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Muehrcke Family Fund Scholar Athlete Award (Lakeside Lutheran, WI)

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 Lakeside Lutheran 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: Please contact Andy Rosenau at Lakeside Lutheran for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Bridget Noobler Memorial Scholarship Fund (CICS Northtown Academy)

Amount: $2,000 college scholarship

Description: Mrs. Bridget Noobler served the Northtown community as a teacher, team leader, assistant principal, and, briefly, as an interim principal. She was known for having a remarkably smart, witty sense of humor that helped her lead her teams and support her students, even during challenging periods. During her tenure, she distinguished herself as a staunch advocate for students and teachers, focused intently on building a welcoming, vibrant community. The Fund has been established in memory of Ms. Noobler, for the benefit of graduating seniors of CICS Northtown Academy that seek to attend post-secondary education and demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility: Open to CICS Northtown Academy seniors who:

  • Work hard academically 
  • Advocate for all students & contributes to safe, welcoming environment 
  • Contribute to campus spirit and fun

Application: Please check back in January 2023 for application information, or contact Kathy Kreiling, Northtown Scholarship Committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

The Harold D. Shepard Memorial Scholarship (Lane Tech)

Amount: $1,000 college scholarship

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: Please contact the Director of the Lane Tech Alumni Association, or Michelle Weiner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Dr. Marcia L. Hubbard-Shepard Memorial Scholarship (Shaker Heights, OH)

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: Please contact Tracy Williams at Shaker Heights High School: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Braley Family | Wood Scholarship (Geneva High School)

Amount: $2,000 college scholarships

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

Eligibility: Graduating senior at Geneva High Schools

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

 

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