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posted: 6/2/2014 7:18 AM

2014 Education Scholarship Program: Founation Offers Four $1,500 Scholarships For College Students

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Aimee DeBat

The Des Plaines Community Foundation is offering four $1,500 scholarships to Des Plaines students. This is the third year the Foundation has offered scholarships.

"We believe that helping our young adults obtain a college education is an investment, not only in the future of our youth, but also in the future of Des Plaines," said Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Foundation. "The scholarships will help bring a college degree within reach for students who want it most."

The scholarships are available for both two year and four year college students and the deadline for applying is June 13, 2014. Awardees will be notified by July 31, 2014.

The scholarship committee trustees are Rich Holke, Kimberly Ball, Rick Bulthuis, Sandra Hansen, Dick Sayad and Margaret Polovchak. They will be judging the student applications based on strict guidelines and required paperwork.

Students are required to be Des Plaines residents, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. High school seniors must be in the process of applying to or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program at college, university, or vocational/technical institution during the fall semester of 2014 to be eligible.

A minimum of 12 credit hours per semester is required. Graduate programs do not qualify.

The students are required to provide a 100-word statement of their personal goals and a 500-word essay about how they have participated in community service or worked to support themselves or their family. A copy of high school transcripts which include a cumulative GPA is also required.

Students must complete a scholarship program application which can be downloaded at

If missing any of the required paperwork the applicant's submission is automatically disqualified from the review process. Students should not send additional documentation than what is required. It will not be considered in the review process.

The foundation raises funds to identify, link and mobilize assets to support the service programs of the Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership Programs whose activities improve the lives of those that live and work in Des Plaines.

Some of the programs include; Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program Committee; Healthy Community/Healthy Youth Program Committee; Intergenerational Program Committee, and Seasons of Service program Committee.

The foundation has no paid employees and is 100 percent volunteer. Foundation is a 501c3 organization and funds are obtained from individuals, businesses, and corporate tax-deductable contributions as well as from other foundations.

For more information go to or or call Rosemary Argus at 847-297-4932 or 847-525-5566.