2017 - 2018 Park Ridge Chamber Scholarship Program
Three $750 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors (or GED equivalent) who are college bound (or other post-secondary institution) in 2018. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardee’s selected post-secondary institution in September. One of the scholarships is funded by Danny McGovern – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
The applications are judged on their service to community and school, response to essay questions, awards and honors, transcripts, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. The student should emphasize their areas of strength, as the committee will equally consider all candidates.
Click here for information on the Scholarship Eligibility Requirements.
Click here for the Scholarship Application.
A portion of the Chamber's fundraisers support this scholarship program as well as educational programs and services for existing local businesses.
Park Ridge Chamber 2016 - 2017 Recipients
The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Park Ridge Chamber Scholarship. Each candidate received $750 towards furthering their education. Applicants were carefully reviewed and selected by the Chamber Board based on academic standings, extracurricular activities, community service, letters of recommendation and their overall contribution to society. Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this competitive scholarship: Jessica Buggy, Fiona Heffernan, and Grace Janes.
Jessica Buggy has been an extremely active member of the Maine South and Park Ridge communities. Throughout her four years at Maine South she has participated in various clubs, after school athletics, and has volunteered with numerous service organizations such as Avenues for Independence. Buggy has demonstrated academic excellence through the National Honors Society and has obtained various scholastic awards. Additionally, Buggy works a part time job at Dolcetti Patisserie and Café in Park Ridge and interns at Walter E. Smithe. One of Buggy’s biggest accomplishments was competing in the FCCLA Interior Design Competition. During this time, she worked endlessly to craft her design and ultimately received 1st place at sectionals and 2nd place at state. Buggy will attend Tulane University and major in architecture this fall with the hopes of one day owning her own architecture firm.
Fiona Heffernan is a shining example for both her peers and the community as a whole. Heffernan has been an active participant in lacrosse, Model United Nations, French Club, Chinese Club, and Harry Potter Club, as well as additional clubs and organizations over the course of her high school career. In her spare time, she volunteers at soup kitchens, the Shedd Aquarium, and tutors students who are in need, all while maintaining an excellent grade point average. Additionally, Heffernan has been awarded the IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award and has also been named an AP and Illinois State Scholar. Heffernan will continue to strive for academic excellence as she attends University of Birmingham in the fall.
Grace Janes has worked endlessly to ensure our community and world become a better place through her participation in extracurricular activities and philanthropic efforts. In her freshmen year alone, Janes participated in over 20 clubs and has continued her involvement over the last four years by participating in numerous clubs and organizations such as band, debate team, and badminton. Janes also has had the opportunity to lead various philanthropic groups involving her church and Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys engaging with members of her own community through her work at Crème of the Crepe in uptown Park Ridge. Janes plans to pursue a bachelors degree at Hamilton College this fall with hopes of becoming an actuary in the future.
Jessica Buggy, Fiona Heffernan, and Grace Janes are perfect examples of strong, persistent leaders. Their actions and call to service along with their outstanding academic achievements deserve the highest recognition. "The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce recognizes the value young people like these are already bringing to our community and our country, and our members want to honor them and help them achieve even more," Haller concludes.