Kelli Joy O'Laughlin Memorial Foundation to Offer 10 Scholarships This Year
This year, the Kelli Joy O'Laughlin Memorial Foundation will offer 10 scholarships with a total value of $96,000 to high school seniors in Illinois, including:
Four (4) $1,500 renewable (up to four years) scholarships offered to high school seniors from Illinois. Total value over four years of each scholarship is $6,000 and the total value is $24,000. (Category 1).
Four (4) $2,000 renewable (up to four years) scholarships offered to high school seniors from Lyons Township High School. Total value over four years of each scholarship is $8,000 and the total value is $32,000. (Category 2).
Two (2) $5,000 renewable (up to four years) scholarships offered to a pool of candidates from the above applicants. The only way to qualify for this scholarship is to apply for one of the above scholarships. This scholarship requires an interview and proof of financial need based on the Student Aid Report (SAR). Total value over four years of each scholarship is $20,000 and the total value is $40,000. (Category 3).
More information about the requirements for these scholarships may be found on the foundation's website, kjofund2.com. The deadline for applications is Feb. 13.
"Thanks to the support we've received both in this community and beyond through our various fundraisers in Kelli's name, we're able to offer 10 scholarships this year, with a total value of $96,000. Combined with our past scholarship awards, that makes 75 scholarships valued at $537,500 offered over the last eight years," says John O'Laughlin. "It's a tribute to her, and ultimately a tribute to the kindness and joy she shared with many in her life." Adds Brenda O'Laughlin: "Our wish is for Kelli to be remembered through the spreading of "JOY". The Foundation is not one of cure, but one of opportunity, giving our young people the chance to reach their greatest potential through their continuing education."
Winners will be announced in May 2019 through the student's high school.