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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.

Criteria:

  1.  This scholarship is for a student planning to attend Rock Valley College.
  2.   You must be a graduating senior at North Boone High School.
  3.   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.

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

Criteria:

  1. Must have a nomination form submitted and filled out by a coach.
  2. The coach must attach a letter of recommendation to the nomination form.
  3. Must be a senior male or female athlete from Belvidere High School.
  4.  Must have applied for post-secondary study at an accredited college or university.
  5. Typed applications and letters of recommendation are required.

 

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.

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.

Criteria:

  1.  Must be a current resident of Boone County, Illinois.
  2.  Must be a graduate of a District 100 public high school.
  3.  Must have been accepted by a 4-year university or college with a declared major in education.
  4.  Must be able to demonstrate charitable or civic activities and community service in Boone County.
  5.  Financial need is not a prerequisite but a consideration.
  6.  A 200 words or less essay describing the qualities of a teacher and why you want to obtain a teaching degree must be submitted.              

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.

Criteria:

  1. Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in senior year of high school in Belvidere School District 100.
  2. Scholarship applicants must have an SAT score in the top 25% of their high school class.
  3. 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.
  4.  Scholarship applicants must demonstrate active involvement in Boone County community and/or substantial participation in school extracurricular activities and/or sports.
  5.  Preference give to applicants who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit through academic, community or other endeavors.
  6.  Scholarship applicants have the option of providing a statement of financial need, but financial need will not be determinative in the selection process.                                                                                              
  7. Please submit a minimum of one recommendation and /or reference from a professional
  8.  Please submit a maximum 200-word essay explaining your interest in the business field for your course of study.
  9.  Final scholarship award winners will be determined after an interview of the finalists as selected by the Boone County Community Foundation.
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Application

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.

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