Boone County Community Foundation Scholarships

Bob Edwards North Boone High School Scholarship

Bob Edwards, the founder of Edwards Apple Orchard, Inc., has established a scholarship fund in memory of his wife, Betty Edwards. Each year, for 10 years, a $1000 tuition scholarship will be given to a North Boone High School Graduate who attends Rock Valley College. As a former RVC trustee, Bob greatly appreciates the many wonderful contributions that Rock Valley has made to our community.

You may apply for this scholarship through the North Boone High School Guidance Department.

Margery Hinrichs Scholarship Fund

Margery was a long time librarian at Belvidere High School and wished to recognize students who are both active in sports and good academic students at Belvidere High School with this scholarship fund created at the time of her death. This scholarship is given to senior athletes at Belvidere High School who demonstrate athletic skills, academic skills, good character, and are pursuing a post high school education at an accredited college or university upon graduation. Coaches at Belvidere High School make the selection for this scholarship. There are up to four possible scholarships available ranging from a minimum of $1,000 up to $2,500.

Wilbur & Williams Cummings Memorial Education Scholarship

Wilbur and William Cummings were twin brothers and lifelong residents of Caledonia, IL.  They were active members in the Caledonia Congregational Church, the North Boone Fire Department, the Belvidere Moose Lodge, and both worked at the Belford Theater for 27 years.  After Wilbur lost his arm in a farming accident in 1953, he was treated by a doctor in nearby Caledonia.  Both brothers attributed having a physician close by to saving Wilbur’s life.  The incident had an incredible impact on Wilbur and William.  They valued and saw the importance of education and wanted to provide scholarship opportunities for young men and women interested in furthering their education.  As a reflection of their lifelong interest in and support of Community District 100, Wilbur and William Cummings established a scholarship to assist Belvidere and Belvidere North graduates who intend to enter the field of public education.



Applications may be obtained from the high school guidance department and returned to the school per deadlines set by the guidance department. If an application is obtained electronically, it must be returned per the same high school requirements. 


  1. Be a current resident of Boone County, Illinois
  2. Be a graduate of a District 100 public high school (Belvidere or Belvidere North)
  3. Be accepted by a four year university or college with a declared major in education
  4. Demonstrate charitable or civic activities and community service in Boone County
  5. Complete an essay, not to exceed 200 words, describing the qualities of a teacher and why you want to obtain a teaching degree
  6. Financial need is not a prerequisite, but may be considered
  7. An applicant may request renewal of this scholarship as long as the applicant fulfills the above qualifications and submits an updated application with a college transcript pursuant to District 100 guidelines.

Due dates & data forms are available thru the high school guidance department.
A typed application is preferred.

Selection Process

The students who receive this scholarship will be selected by a committee composed of three members of the Board of Directors of the Boone County Community Foundation.


The intended purpose of the scholarship is to assist in the payment of tuition, books and fees for undergraduates. The scholarship will be disbursed by check payable to the recipient and the recipient’s college or university upon written confirmation of registration. In the past we have donated as much as $17,500 for eleven new and renewal scholarships.


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