Founders Memorial Scholarship

 Current Scholarship Winners Click Here to fill out renewal application for 2020-21.


                     Please enjoy our July 13, 2020 Meet the Scholar Recipients Program




                         Our 2020-21 Scholarship recipients!  Left to Right: Jennie Bull, Kai Yokoo, Mattie Blake, 
                                                                    Rachel Young, Sarah Pilditch

In 1951, the Founders' Memorial Scholarship was established, commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Nineteenth Century Club's founding. In 1953, $500 scholarships were awarded annually to Oak Park and River Forest High School graduates. These scholarships were renewable for four years of college. 

In 2016, the awards were increased to grant four students $2,000 per year for a total of $8,000 over a four-year period. In 2020, the awards were increased to grant five students four-year scholarships annually, bringing our total scholarship awards to $34,000 for the 2020-21 school year.

Our current recipients attend 

  • Grinnell College 
  • Goshen College
  • Illinois State University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Missouri at Columbia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin/Madison 
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Minnesota
  • Cornell University  
  • Syracuse University
  • Pomona College
  • Tulane University
  • Howard University
  • Northwestern University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Dartmouth College

In the sixty-nine years that we have provided these scholarships, we have helped more than 250 students attain higher education. The Scholarship Committee holds interviews in April of each year at the high school. We partner with teachers and deans in encouraging students to apply. Applicants are chosen on the basis of financial need, academic excellence, community service, an essay, and written recommendations. The number of scholarships given are determined, in part, by fund-raising activities and interest earned from the Scholarship Memorial Trust Fund.  At the end of the school year, all scholarships are presented at a special recognition ceremony at the high school.

We have received many letters over the years from former recipients attesting to the importance of the financial help given to them. We hope to continue assisting the young people of the community by helping to provide the means of going to college.

If you would like to support the Scholarship Fund, Donate here at any time.