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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.

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  • 19th Century Charitable Association
  • Catherine Devereux Brandstrader Scholarship
  • Bernard Duke Gawne Memorial Scholarship
  • Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest Community Service Award
  • Elizabeth Snow Memorial 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 17, 2017.

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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: To be determined for 2016

Details: Applications available at Ascension Church and School:
815 S. East Ave.
Oak Park, Il 60304
708-848-2703

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: March 3, 2017

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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: March 17, 2017

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Kathleen Marian Garrigan Leadership Award

Amount: $1,000 award to individuals between the ages of 18-25 who participated in a domestic community service project.

Description: The Kathleen Marian Garrigan Leadership award was established to commemorate the life of Kathleen Garrigan and inspire individuals to participate in domestic service programs. Kathleen, an alumnus of Oak Park and River Forest High School and St. Joseph College, Indiana was participating in a year-long service project in Alaska at the time of her death in 2007.

Eligibility: Individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 with an uplifting attitude and a desire to serve others, one's community and one's nation. Applicants are required to complete a brief application and finalists will interview with the Kathleen Marian Garrigan Scholarship selection committee.

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017

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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: March 3, 2017

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

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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: March 15, 2017.

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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 17, 2017. 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 17, 2017.

Details: For information and on-line application, visit: www.oprfhs.org/student-services/The-Scholarship-Foundation.cfm

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: March 24, 2017.

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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: March 3, 2017

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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: February 17, 2017

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: March  20, 2017 --Just extended deadline. 

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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: March 3, 2017

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