East Class of ’03 Launches Scholarship, D89 Scholarship Taking Applications

Friday, January 4, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Members of Proviso East High School’s Class of 2003 have started a scholarship fund designed to assist graduating seniors at the high school in ways that go beyond two- or four-year college.

The fund’s founder, Class of 2003 alum Vau’ve Davis, described her motivation for launching the initiative during a recent interview.

“I was intentional about making sure that this not only helps students who have plans to go to college, but also that it helps those who have other aspirations, like starting a business or going to trade school,” Davis, a philanthropic consultant, said.

She said that eligible students who don’t plan on attending a two- or four-year institution must submit a plan for how they intend to use the money.

“I created this for students to use the money as they need it, but also as an opportunity for our class to give back,” Davis said. “A lot of Class of 2003 members are doing very well. This was an opportunity for us to do something as a whole.”

Davis said that, so far, money for the fund has come from grassroots donors, but she hopes that changes soon, and that the fund can eventually attract more institutional financial support.

She said that the class will give out at least one scholarship this year for at least $250 — whether or not more students receive scholarships and how much those will be depends on how much money the fund takes in.

Davis added that anybody — not just members of the Class of 2003 — who wants to donate money to the fund can do so; however, seats on the scholarship fund’s committee are only open to Proviso East Class of 2003 graduates.

Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for submitting an application is March 1. A winner will be notified by June 1. The scholarship is only open to Proviso East seniors.

Davis also explained that she and the current members of her scholarship committee, including Danielle Saleek and Jenise Davis, are open to helping Proviso East students in ways that go deeper than mere financial assistance.

“We’re here to be a resource beyond the money,” Davis said. “If students need assistance with professional development, mentoring and other things, we’re here for that, too.”

You can access an application below or by clicking here. To get information on how to donate money to the fund and/or sit on the fund’s committee, click here or email an inquiry to: provisoeastclassof2003@gmail.com.

District 89’s Education Foundation scholarship application now available

The Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview Elementary Schools District 89 Education Foundation is now taking applications from interested candidates seeking to earn one of the three $1,000 scholarships the foundation is giving out this year.

The purpose of the scholarship is to “recruit students of color for college to pursue a teaching career and to support innovation in the classroom through scholarships and teacher grants in Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89,” stated Nathaniel George Booker, a member of the Foundation’s board of directors, in a Facebook post announcing that the application process had opened.

The application deadline for the scholarship is April 15. To access the application, click here. VFP

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