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SCHOLARSHIPS

2021  Bill Fleming Scholarship Awards 

Friends of Richton Park, the non-profit foundation of the Village of Richton Park, announced it has awarded four (4) Bill Fleming Scholarships to Richton Park High School and College Students for the 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarship awards range from $750 to $1,500 each and will be used for college tuition.

The scholarship was named in tribute to Bill Fleming, a resident of Richton Park who was instrumental in        sponsoring and promoting the President's Golf Outing, the original source of funding for the scholarship. Several events, including the President’s Golf Outing, the President’s Candlelight Bowl, Flapjack Fundraiser, Wheel of Names Fundraiser as well as donations from residents, currently fund the scholarship.

 

The Bill Fleming Scholarship Committee awards college scholarships to eligible residents of Richton Park who are 2021 high school graduates, students currently enrolled in a college or university, and adults who are continuing their education.

Meet The 2021 Award Recipients

Gabriel Taylor has been awarded 1,500 dollar scholarship. Gabriel is a graduate of Rich Township Fine Arts Campus and will be attending Aurora University in the fall. Gabriel aims to get a degree in Finance, a Master's in Business Administration, and then become a real estate investor.

 

Jaden Houston has been awarded a 750.00 dollar scholarship. Jaden is a Sophomore Student at Loras   College. Jaden wants to pursue a degree in Sports Management to become an NBA General Manager. 

Dayja Johnson has been awarded 1,500 dollar scholarship. Dayja is a graduate of Rich Township STEM Campus and will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the fall. Dayja loves people, plants, and animals and aims to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.

TaNisha Anderson has been awarded a 750.00 dollar scholarship. TaNisha is a Graduate Student at Governors State University pursuing her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. TaNisha plans to become an occupational therapist to have her own rehabilitation clinic.

 

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The Friends of Richton Park Foundation and the Village of Richton Park support the advancement of higher education for the residents of Richton Park by providing financial assistance for qualifying and deserving residents wishing to continue their education. 

Congratulations to all the 2021 award recipients!

2022 - Bill Fleming Scholarship

Application Process will open in early Spring 2022

The Village of Richton Park supports the advancement of higher education for the residents of Richton Park by providing financial assistance for qualifying and deserving residents wishing to continue their education. The Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship will award college scholarships to eligible residents of Richton Park who are 2021 high school graduates, students currently enrolled in a college or university, and adults who are continuing their education that meet all of the qualifications required by this application.

 

 

 


PURPOSE

The Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was started to promote and encourage academic achievement among high school students by awarding an annual scholarship to a graduating senior residing in Richton Park. The scope of the award was later expanded to include adults desiring to continue their education. The scholarship was named in tribute to Bill Fleming, a resident of Richton Park, who was instrumental in sponsoring and promoting the President’s Golf Outing, the original source of funding for the scholarship. Several events, including the President’s Candlelight Bowl as well as donations from the residents, currently fund the scholarship.

AWARDS

The Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship annually awards college scholarships to deserving residents of Richton Park. Awards are for one year only, but recipients may re-apply each year. All scholarship awards will be paid directly to the educational institutions.

The Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship Awards are awarded without regard to race, sex, religion, age, national origin or sexual orientation. An impartial Scholarship Committee completely independent of the Village grants all scholarships on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. The Scholarship Committee will not award scholarships to applicants who do not meet the requirements stated in this document and reserves the right not to award a scholarship in a given year.

ELIGIBILITY

1.  Applicants must be residents of Richton Park.

2. Applicants must be:

  • 2021 high school graduates and have received a College Letter of Acceptance, or

  • Students currently enrolled in a college or university, or

  • Adults who are continuing their education at an accredited college or university.

3. Applicants must be students with a grade point average of 2.5 average or better on a 4.0 scale.

4. Applicants must complete and submit a Scholarship Application, including all required information, that is received or postmarked NO LATER than the close of business on the deadline date to submit the application.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

The Scholarship Committee of Richton Park awards scholarships using a comprehensive process based on objective standards. Areas that are reviewed include prior academic performance, performance on tests designed to measure ability and aptitude for higher education, recommendations from instructors and other individuals not related to the potential awardee and conclusions based on each applicant’s personal essay as to motivation and character.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for a Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship Award, applicants must complete an application and submit it to the Village of Richton Park so that it is received or postmarked by the deadline date to submit the applicationAll application must include ALL of the following items: 

  1. A signed completed application form. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  2. Two signed, dated and current letters of recommendation with at least one from a teacher or school official or an employer. The writers must be at least 21 years of age and not related to the applicant.

  3. Two documents providing proof of residency to include a required copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or State ID plus one additional form of ID showing the applicant’s address (refer to page 6 for additional information). Transcripts will not be considered proof of residency.

  4. A sealed Transcript with ACT or SAT scores (high school seniors) or an official college transcript for all other applicants.  If your high school does not normally include ACT or SAT scores in your transcript, you MUST request that the scores be included. High school seniors must also submit a Letter of Acceptance indicating acceptance at an academic institution for post-secondary studies.

  5. A Personal Essay stating the applicant's qualifications and educational and career goals.  The Personal Essay must be between approximately 250 and 500 words, typed, and double-spaced using a 12-point font size.

  6. A signed Notice of Disclaimer.

 

Additional details are provided on each of these requirements in the application itself.

 

Signed, completed applications must be received or postmarked NO LATER than the close of business on deadline date to submit the application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered under any circumstances. The completed application must be received or postmarked NO LATER than the close of business on deadline date to submit the application.

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