Back-to-the-Books Scholarship

Back-to-the-Books Scholarship Applications are OPEN!

You must be prescreened to receive an application.  For prescreening, call 630-440-0098 or contact us.

Completed applications MUST be received by October 15, 2021.  Selection will be made in November and funds will be available for the next school semester or quarter.

Women who are full time students and within two years of degree completion may apply and qualify for $3,000.

Women who are half time students and within one year of degree completion may apply and qualify for $1,500.

Women who are full time students within one year of completing an Associate degree may apply and qualify for $1,500 or if a half time student may qualify for $750.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • residents of Downers Grove, Westmont, Darien, Woodridge or Lisle,
  • have returned to college after an absence of three or more years,
  • within two years of completing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university.

Other criteria include professional or vocational goals, financial need, educational achievement, volunteer activity, and employment history. The scholarship may be used in conjunction with other financial aid.  Selection will be made in November and funds will be available for the next school semester or quarter.

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In November of 2020, our branch awarded three Back-To-The-Books scholarships/grants.

Alexandra Wirtas of Downers Grove attends Rush University and is getting her MSN in Nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becky Joy Kristula of Westmont attends National Lewis University and is getting her Masters of Business Administration.

 

 

Tara Schmidt of Downers Grove attends Elmhurst University  and is getting her MS in Data Science.

 

 

 

 

Since our first award in 1987, we have awarded 73 scholarships and grants for a total of $120,250.

Our 62nd Annual Used Book Sale, which through the work of our membership and volunteers provides the funds for the scholarships and grants, was cancelled due to the pandemic.  Through an online appeal and personal donations, our branch membership generously donated the funds toward the 2020 awards.