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2017 Scholarships
2017 Service Above Self Scholarship Award
The Woodridge Rotary is now accepting applications for the Service Above Self Scholarship Award ($2,000) for graduating High School Seniors through 5:00 p.m. on April 10, 2017.

The scholarships provide financial support to students who have participated in community service activities and have done so over several years’ time. The Rotary Club is looking for students who have made a difference within their community by enriching the lives of others, especially those in need; applications demonstrating participation in community service activities and volunteer work will carry more weight. Students must maintain a C average or better to be eligible for the award.

Applications are available online, at the Woodridge Public Library, or at the Guidance Counselor’s Offices North and South High Schools, Benet Academy and Montini Catholic High School.

Applications shall be returned to Kaleshia “Kay” Page via e-mail or printed and returned by mail or in person to Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge IL 60517 by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017. Please mark the envelope as “Rotary Scholarship”. Unfortunately, no exceptions to the deadline can be made.


Woodridge Special Events Committee Kagann Scholarship
The Woodridge Special Events Committee (WSEC) is once again sponsoring their annual scholarship to honor its founder, Joel Kagann. The award will be presented to a current eighth grade student living in Woodridge, based on his/her community service involvement. The award will pay up to $500 for the winner’s registration fees for his/her first year in high school.

Joel Kagann, founder of the Woodridge Special Events Committee, was an active member of the Woodridge Community for over 50 years.  His entire life was dedicated to serving others in the community.  The WSEC continues to honor his service through this scholarship.

Students can be nominated by their school, the service organizations(s) with whom they served or through self-nomination.  ANY eighth grader who has helped out in the community is eligible.  Please click here for an application form.  As a convenience, forms are also available in the School Offices of Jefferson Junior High School and St. Scholastica School. Nominations must be received by March 31st and the winner will be notified by April 28th.



Woodridge Jr. Woman's Club Scholarship
The Woodridge Jr Woman’s Club will once again offer a $500 scholarship recognizing a Woodridge high school senior for their community service contributions, as well as scholastic achievement.

Community service includes: volunteer work for community organizations, service-oriented school organizations, individual efforts to help others and improve the local community, and activities connected with service-learning programs in the school district, among others.


This is a one-time $500.00 scholarship payable to the educational institution after proof of enrollment to a post-secondary educational institution.  Applicants must reside in Woodridge and attach two letters or recommendation, along with high school transcript. Scholarship winners will be announced in May 2017.

For more information view the application instructions and application form




Woodridge VFW Scholarship Opportunities
VFW Jim Stewart Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Woodridge Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post #1578 with the intention of assisting high school students in their pursuit of continuing education. The applicant must demonstrate the spirit of what Comrade Stewart believed in – namely his patriotic and community based principles.

Eligibility: The applicant must be a descendant of a VFW-eligible veteran. That is, he or she must be a child or step-child, granddaughter or grandson, great-granddaughter or great-grandson, or brother or sister of a veteran who is/was eligible for membership into the VFW. That veteran need not be a current member. However, proof of eligibility is required (DD Form 214).

The applicant must be graduating from either Downers Grove North or Downers Grove South High School in the current school year with plans to pursue a higher education. This refers to schooling beyond the high school level, whether academic, vocational, or technical, taken at any state accredited institution of learning or training. A maximum of two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded. The application form is located here. The deadline for student applications is April 15th with the announcement of the winners on May 1st.


Robert R. Kolling Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Woodridge Memorial Post 1578 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the intention of assisting a student military veteran, or a relative of, attending College of DuPage in their pursuit of continuing education. The applicant must demonstrate the spirit of what Comrade Kolling believed in – namely his patriotic and community based principles, and his desire for continuing education. This fund was established and shall be implemented annually, beginning with the fall session of the 2017-2018 school year.  One $500 (scholarship grant) will be awarded each spring for the following fall session.

Eligibility – The applicant must be a United States military veteran who is VFW eligible or a related family member of. That veteran need not be a current member, however.  Proof of eligibility is required (DD Form 214) and must be included with their application.  The applicant must be a current or enrolling student at College of DuPage enrolled in classes.

Criteria
– Financial need shall not be a factor in awarding scholarships.  The applicant must demonstrate self-motivation, leadership, and a commitment to community service based on the following: social behavior, community involvement, patriotism, and an essay stating why the applicant has decided to return to school and how the applicant intends to use their education to better themselves and their community.

Selection process
– A fair, equitable, and unbiased measurement system will be used by the Woodridge VFW Scholarship Committee to weigh factors for all criteria. All selections will be done with applicant’s name or other identifying marks removed from their submissions.

Awards – No cash awards will be made. Payments will only be used for textbooks, supplies, and incidental fees – NOT for tuition fees. In the event the entire amount is not used, the remainder will be returned to the Post Scholarship Fund, after a period of 5 years.  Payment will be made directly to a Financial Officer of the College of DuPage, in the student’s account.

Deadlines – The deadline for student applications is April 15th. The selection process will be made no later than May 31st.

More information including the application can be found here.


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Passed Scholarship Opportunities

ProLogis Scholarship
The Village of Woodridge and the ProLogis Foundation have scholarship applications available for Woodridge High School Seniors attending college in the fall. The primary criteria for applicants are: good citizenship, academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, campus or community involvement, and Woodridge residency,

Applications and the scholarship brochure can be found in high school guidance offices, at the Woodridge Village Hall or at the links below. Completed applications needed to be submitted to the high school guidance office by Friday, February 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Davies at (630) 719-4706.


Chamber630 Scholarship
Chamber 630 is proud to once again, provide scholarships that will be awarded to a Chamber630 Member or their student, furthering their education. Any employee (or their student) of any business that is a Chamber630 Member in good standing is eligible to apply. This is a great benefit for anyone who intends to go to a vocational or trade school, two or four year college or university in 2017.

Scholarship applicants may complete the packet by visiting this link. Please be sure to read full instructions. The deadline for all applications is the end of business, January 27, 2017. Notification of scholarship recipients will be sent in April.

Funding for this program is through the generosity of Chamber630 Members. If you are interested in contributing, please contact  or call 630-968-4050.