2020 Scholarship recipients

2020 Dates & Deadlines

Friday, January 10, 2020
OPEN Common Application Web Site
9:00 am

The Common Application must be accessed and submitted through the student’s Skyward account.  Students should apply only for those scholarships for which they meet the eligibility requirements.

Friday, January 31, 2020
CLOSE Common Application Web Site
3:30 pm

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
6:00 pm:  Donor/Recipient Reception
7:00 pm:  Honors Convocation

Impacting Students & Families Since 1924

Since 1924, the Oak Park and River Forest High School Scholarship Foundation has awarded college scholarships to hundreds of OPRFHS graduates who have demonstrated academic excellence, initiative, leadership, and financial need. In recent years, the foundation has increased the number of scholarships that are given each spring, enabled in large part by the generosity of parents, retirees, alumni, and friends of the high school. 

In the last 15 years, the Foundation has awarded OPRFHS seniors more than 800 scholarships for post-secondary study. This support makes a meaningful difference to help our students meet the high cost of college tuition.

I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for helping me pursue my passion for theater by awarding me this scholarship. You have no idea what kind of impact it has on me as I go on to life after high school…it gives me the confidence I need.

– Scholarship Recipient

Impactful Giving

Thanks to the generous support from our community, An Evening of Jazz Under the Stars on October 12, 2018 at the home of Mary Jo and Stephen Schuler has raised more than $120,000 to support summer enrichment grants and college scholarships for Oak Park and River Forest High School students. This total includes a generous $50,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor. We are excited about the opportunity to further enrich the lives of youth in our community due to this wonderful event that brought more than 150 guests together to promote student success. The event also inspired one family to establish an endowed renewable scholarship. This four-year $2,000 annual scholarship will benefit a graduating senior who is planning to attend a historically-black college or is a first-generation to college student.

Giving Opportunities

  • A gift in recognition of a graduate, a class reunion, an anniversary or other special occasion.

  • A donation of $1,000 or more each year allows the naming of an annual scholarship in honor or memory of a loved one.

  • An endowed scholarship for a minimum gift of $25,000 ($1,000 first year award – $24,000 endowment). Donors have up to five years to complete the endowment. Donors may also establish selection criteria and name the scholarship.

  • A future planned gift through your estate or beneficiary designation via retirement and/or life insurance plans.


For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Melanie Weiss, Foundation Manager, at scholarshipsoprfhs@gmail.com.

Make a Gift Today

DonateGifts to the Scholarship Foundation are tax deductible and can be made online to any of our individual scholarships or by check payable to OPRFHS Scholarship Foundation and mailed c/o Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, 1049 Lake Street, Suite 204, Oak Park, IL 60301.

Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation



Oak Park and River Forest High School
201 North Scoville Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

 Email: scholarshipsoprfhs@gmail.com

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Board Members

Patrick Botticelli, Treasurer

Tom Cofsky, Board of Ed. Representative

JoBeth Halpin, Vice President

Katie Kelly

Laurie Lawton

Theresa Lipo, Secretary

Kerry Nelson

Pete Nixen

Carolyn Ojikutu

Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, OPRFHS Supt.

Wendell Rayburn

John Rigas

Sarah Staszak Miller, President

Cyndi Sidor

Melanie Weiss, Manager