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Professional Development Grants


James A. and Louise B. Gates Oak Park District 97 Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 loan repayment

Description: This grant is awarded annually to a teacher who aspires to positively affect the futures of their students, embodies a worthy role model for their colleagues, and enhances the quality and the reputation of Oak Park Elementary School District 97.

Eligibility: Certified teachers in their first or second year of teaching in Oak Park Elementary School District 97.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is April 5, 2024 for this academic year. LINK HERE to apply.


There are a variety of college scholarships and student enrichment grants also available through the Community Foundation.



1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301


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On Mondays and Fridays, staff may be working remotely. Please make an appointment in advance or call ahead to verify that someone is available to receive you.

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