Special Applications

  • Each scholarship in this category lists specific conditions to qualify for an award.

    Robert Girard Scholarship of the Rotary Club of Evanston – $2,000 (1 student - renewable for up to 3 years; $2,000 each additional year): The student (1) must have been accepted by, and plan to attend, any one of the following state universities: University of Illinois (Urbana, Chicago or Springfield), Northeastern Illinois, Chicago State, Northern Illinois, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, or Southern Illinois (Carbondale or Edwardsville); and (2) must submit an essay of 250-300 words on "My Goals and Aspirations." The recipient is selected based on academic performance, personal characteristics, and financial need. Submit a copy of all pages of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA with your application. The scholarship is guaranteed for the first year and is renewable for the following 3 years if the student maintains at least a “C” average and requests renewal from the Rotary Club of Evanston. Recipient is required to attend a Rotary Club meeting. The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution for the recipient’s account.

    Janice S. Jones Academic Achievement Award (Ivy Pearl Foundation, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.) – $1,500 in the first year, additional awards available in years 2 through 4 (1 student - 4 years): This award is given to a young woman who has a commitment to study and help alleviate problems concerning African-American girls and women in order to improve their social stature. This young woman must be enrolled full-time in her senior year of high school, plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 4-year college or university, have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, have participated actively in school and community affairs, and need financial assistance in meeting educational costs. Each applicant must submit an application, personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation (one must be from applicant's school counselor), an official school transcript, and a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA with your application. The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient. 

    Catherine McKnight Scholarship - $1,000 (2 students - 1 year) This scholarship was established by the Justin Wynn Fund to honor the legacy of Catherine McKnight, an educator in District 65 for more than 30 years. The recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, must demonstrate a passion for education and improving their community, and must have been accepted into a four-year college or university or another educational program. Each applicant must submit an application, an official transcript, and two letters of recommendation (one from a high school teacher or counselor, and one from a community representative). In addition, each applicant must include a 250-500 word essay describing their demonstration of leadership and community service. Recipients will be selected by members of the Wynn family. The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient.

    North End Mothers' Club STEM Scholarship – $1,500 (2 students – 1 year): This scholarship is awarded to 2 graduating female students who are planning to pursue a post-secondary degree leading to a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) career at a two or four year STEM program. Recommendation is required from a Math, Science, Technology or Engineering teacher. In addition, each applicant for this scholarship must include a 250-word essay summarizing her experiences at ETHS that have contributed to her decision to pursue a career in a STEM field. The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient.

    Joanne Murphy Trautwein Music Scholarship – $1,000 (1 student – 1 year): This scholarship is awarded to a student who has participated for 2 years or more in the ETHS Music Division and also in ETHS extracurricular musical activities. The Fine Arts Department Chair must verify participation in the latter. The student must have maintained a 3.0 GPA with the intention of attending an accredited music school or college for the continued study of music or a career in music teaching.The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient.

    League of Women Voters of Evanston Scholarship - $1,000 (1 student - 1 year): The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. This award is given to a student that has demonstrated commitment to an activity that promotes participation in the political process within ETHS and/or the Evanston community and exemplifies a high standard of good citizenship and social involvement, consistent with the League’s mission. This includes volunteering/participating in activities such as, but not limited to: student government, assisting with voter registration, participating in other organizations that show engagement and interest in public service and the political process. The applicant shall submit: 1) a statement of up to 600 words describing the activities of the applicant which fit into the above criteria for civic engagement; 2) a commitment to enroll in an accredited institution of higher learning upon graduation from ETHS; 3) a written recommendation prepared by an ETHS faculty member; and 4) participate in an interview, if selected. The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient.