Boone County Community Foundation Scholarships
Bob & Betty Edwards Memorial 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.
- This scholarship is for a student planning to attend Rock Valley College.
- You must be a graduating senior at North Boone High School.
- A written statement, one page, as to why you have chosen Rock Valley College as your post-secondary education must be submitted.
You may apply for this scholarship through the North Boone High School Guidance Department.
Dave Graham Memorial Education Scholarship
Dave Graham was a history teacher, librarian, and golf coach in District 100. As a lifelong learner and proponent of the value of education Dave’s legacy is to help future educator fulfill their dreams. Eligible graduating seniors from North Boone, Belvidere North, or Belvidere High School may apply. Two recipients will be chosen from Boone County to receive a $2,500.00 scholarship.
- Applicant must be a Boone County graduating senior having attended North Boone, Belvidere North, or Belvidere High School.
- Pursue a career in education.
- Must rank in the upper one-half of class or top one-half of SAT or ACT scores for class if class rank is unavailable
- Must be accepted by an accredited college or university
- Financial need may be considered
- Application must be typed
- Must include a statement of 100 words or less on why you have chosen education as a career. Explain how you plan to achieve your goals.
Hugh K. and Alice Iles Funderburg Scholarship Fund
The generosity of Hugh K. and Alice Iles Funderburg will live on as the descendants of R. Robert and Sally D. Funderburg have set up this scholarship in their memory. By endowing this scholarship program, the donors intend to continue to help the Boone County Community and its residents succeed and to promote entrepreneurship at the Belvidere and Belvidere North High Schools. Two eligible applicants will be awarded the amount of $10,000 each. Students must meet certain requirements, obtain all information needed, and complete the application process through their high school’s guidance office.
- Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in senior year of high school in Belvidere School District 100.
- Scholarship applicants must have an SAT score in the top 25% of their high school class.
- Scholarship applicants must have accepted entrance as a full-time student at an accredited four-year undergraduate college, where he or she is enrolled in the college’s business school or intends to major in business or a related field of study.
- Scholarship applicants must demonstrate active involvement in Boone County community and/or substantial participation in school extracurricular activities and/or sports.
- Preference give to applicants who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit through academic, community or other endeavors.
- Scholarship applicants have the option of providing a statement of financial need, but financial need will not be determinative in the selection process.
- Please submit a minimum of one recommendation and /or reference from a professional
- Please submit a maximum 200-word essay explaining your interest in the business field for your course of study.
- Final scholarship award winners will be determined after an interview of the finalists as selected by the Boone County Community Foundation.
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.
The Margery L. Hinrichs Scholarship was established for graduating seniors of Belvidere High School.
- Must have a nomination form submitted and filled out by a coach.
- The coach must attach a letter of recommendation to the nomination form.
- Must be a senior male or female athlete from Belvidere High School.
- Must have applied for post-secondary study at an accredited college or university.
- Typed applications and letters of recommendation are required.
NBFPD#3 Firemen’s Association Jake Schoepski Memorial Scholarship
Jake Schoepski was a dedicated firefighter for the North Boone Fire Protection District #3 for 48 years and also served as a trustee for 25years. In his memory, the NBFPD #3 Firemen’s Association is awarding two $500.00 scholarships to a graduating senior who is interested in pursuing a career in Fire Fighting, EMS, Medical, Police, or other First Responder type profession. Eligible North Boone and Belvidere North high school seniors may apply through their guidance department.
- Must be a graduating senior of North Boone or Belvidere High School
- Must be a legal resident of Boone County, IL at the time of application.
- Must be interested in pursuing a career in firefighting, EMS, medical, police, or other first responder type profession.
- Must be willing to attend a personal interview if requested by the Foundation.
- Submit an essay 300 words or less stating how a first responder has affected the applicant’s life. Applicant should include their goals, and how the scholarship would aid in achieving those goals.
Wilbur & William 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.
The intended purpose of the scholarship is to assist in the payment of tuition, books, and fees for undergraduates. Due dates and data forms are available through the high school guidance office.
- Must be a current resident of Boone County, Illinois.
- Must be a graduate of a District 100 public high school.
- Must have been accepted by a 4-year university or college with a declared major in education.
- Must be able to demonstrate charitable or civic activities and community service in Boone County.
- Financial need is not a prerequisite but a consideration.
- A 200 words or less essay describing the qualities of a teacher and why you want to obtain a teaching degree must be submitted.
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.
Selection and Award Process
The students who receive a scholarship will be selected by a committee. The scholarship will be disbursed by check payable to the recipient and the recipient’s college or university upon written confirmation of registration at a scholarship awards ceremony.