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2016 Scholarships
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 30th.


Woodridge Rotary Club 2016 Service above Self Scholarships
The Woodridge Rotary Club is seeking applicants for its Service Above Self Scholarships. The $2,000 award recognizes exceptional community service performed by graduating high school student(s) pursuing higher education. The scholarships fund advanced education at colleges, trade or technical schools. Eligible applicants include all Village of Woodridge residents as well as non-residents where Woodridge is the primary Rotary Club. Two scholarships are available.

The scholarships provide financial support to students who have participated in community service activities over several years. 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 will be evaluated on the quality and level of community service activities and volunteer work listed. While school and church activities are important, examples of volunteerism throughout the wider community are being sought. Students must also have a C average or better to be eligible.

A scholarship application is available here. Questions may be directed to Roisin Daly at . Deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

VFW Jim Stewart Memorial 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.


VFW 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 2016-2017 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.

Chamber630 Scholarship
Chamber630 (formerly the Woodridge and Downers Grove Area Chambers) is proud to offer scholarships to graduating High School Seniors who are furthering their education at a technical or trade school, business college or a two or four-year college or university. The amount awarded may be from $500 – $2500. Scholarship winners will be recognized at a student luncheon in May. Applicants must be a Chamber630 Member or a child of an owner or employee of a Member business in good standing. To complete an application, please visit the Chamber's Scholarship webpage.


DuPage County Scholarshiop
The DuPage County Department of Community Services is offering college and occupational training scholarships for low-income individuals with high academic potential.

The Community Services Block Grant scholarship supplements the cost of tuition, books, supplies and other school-related items for a semester or a quarter to offset the student’s needs. This scholarship is funded and designed in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Applicants are required to provide proof of DuPage County residency, gross household income for the past 90 days and information about members living in the household. Income for the household must be at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level. Applicants must also include a 500-word original essay or personal statement, official school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a Financial Aid Audit (financial aid award letter) and proof of enrollment in an Illinois accredited institution. 

Applications are available at the DuPage County Department of Community Services Office, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, or online at www.dupageco.org/CSBG. Completed applications and support documents must be received by 4:30 p.m. June 1, 2016.

Completed 2016 Scholarships
ProLogis / Village of Woodridge 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 in this website's document center.  Completed applications needed to be submitted to the high school guidance office by Friday, February 19th . If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Davies at (630) 719-4706.