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The Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarships. Click any title in the list at right 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.


Click on any of the scholarships at right to show details about deadlines, eligibility and how to apply.

Apply OnlineAPPLY ONLINE for the following scholarships:

  • Catherine Devereux Brandstrader Scholarship
  • Bernard Duke Gawne Memorial Scholarship
  • Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest Community Service Award
  • Elizabeth Snow Memorial Scholarship
  • Kathy McMahon Adams Scholarship
  • William & Joyce Wartmann Scholarship
  • Braley Family/Wood Memorial Scholarship

College Scholarships

 

19th Century Charitable Association

Amount: $1,000 four-year, renewable college scholarships

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

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018

Apply Online  Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents. 

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 students considering the teaching profession.

Eligibility: Open to graduates of Ascension School or Ascension Church parishioners. (teaching focus receives extra consideration)

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018

Apply Online  Apply ONLINE!

Bolin-Cooper Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 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 members of the Oak Park-River Forest Hockey Club

Application Deadline: Contact the OPRFHS Hockey Club for more 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: February 2, 2018

Apply Online  Apply ONLINE!

Farr Brothers Technical Scholarship (Rotary Club)

Amount: $1,000 technical school scholarship

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: February 2, 2018

download application  Download application information

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.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018

Details: Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Apply Online  Apply ONLINE!

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

Application Deadline: Spring 2018

Apply Online  Contact Shaker Heights High School Guidance Department for application: 216-295-4213 

Kiwanis Club of River Forest / Oak Park Scholarship

Amount: $500 to $1,000 college scholarships
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: To be determined. Likely Match 2018.

down broch  Download MS Word Application


Jack Kunkle Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 college scholarshipJack 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 Deadline: March 6, 2017

download application  Download scholarship application and teacher recommendation form

Muehrcke Family Fund Scholarly Athlete Award

Amount: $7,000 four-year renewable college scholarship

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 or Lakeside Lutheran High School (WI) who demonstrate participation 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 senior selected must be expected to achieve and maintain a minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average (GPA) annually in college.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018 Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

How to Apply: For Oak Park-River Forest High School students: Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents. For Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact: James Garrison, Financial Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Application Deadline: February  2, 2018.

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

Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest Community Service Award

Amount: $1,500 college scholarshiprotary


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: February 2, 2018

Apply Online  Apply ONLINE!

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

Application Deadline: Spring 2018

Apply Online  Contact Lane Tech Alumni Association fior application. http://www.lanetechalumni.org/

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

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018

Apply OnlineApply using OPRF High School's common scholarship application.

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.

Details: Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018

Apply Online  Apply ONLINE!

Tibensky Family Scholarship

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

Description: The Tibensky family established this scholarship to provide mentoring and opportunities like those their family received through similar programs.

Eligibility: Oak Park and River Forest High School students.Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Application Deadline: Not offered in 2018.

William and Joyce Wartmann Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 college scholarshipwartmann


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.

Details: Complete OPRFHS Common Application and required supplemental essays and documents.

Application Deadline:  February 2, 2018

Apply Online  Apply ONLINE!

Braley Family/Wood Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 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.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018 for OPRFHS Students

Apply Online  Apply ONLINE!

Geneva HS Students apply using your high school common scholarship application. Contact Lisa Schwer.

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