Naperville Park District seeks applications for 15th annual Officer David White Scholarship

  • Katelyn Schultz is the recipient of the 2020 Officer White Scholarship.

    Katelyn Schultz is the recipient of the 2020 Officer White Scholarship. Courtesy of Schultz family

Updated 2/12/2021 10:19 PM

Applications are being accepted now through April 16 for the Officer David White Scholarship. This scholarship honors the compassionate public service modeled by Naperville Park Police Officer David White, whose actions helped save a young man's life in 2006.

The scholarship is open to an individual under the age of 25 who either is a son or daughter of an active duty Naperville police officer, park police officer, or firefighter or someone who is serving in one of these roles themselves. Naperville Police Explorers and Naperville Fire Explorers also are eligible.


The scholarship is funded by an anonymous donor, who has provided $2,000 annually for the scholarship since 2007.

In the donor's words, "The purpose of the scholarship is to inspire our next generation of public servants to care enough to exert the extra effort, to take a second look."

The 2021 application and brochure can be downloaded at

The deadline for submitting completed applications is Friday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m.

Applicants will be notified of the results in early May and the winner will be recognized at a meeting of the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners.

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