The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) awards scholarships annually to college-bound, female high school students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to voluntarism. It is more important than ever to support the spirit of giving and leadership and voluntarism is a vital part of a thriving community.

The Volunteer Scholarship program is open to young women who attend a high school located in Kane, DuPage, Will, or Kendall County, Illinois. JLKD recognizes the strong leadership and voluntarism commitment of these young women and our scholarship program helps them achieve their educational goals.

The application period is open! Click here for the 2020 application and here to submit a letter of recommendation. Applications and letters of recommendation are due on January 20, 2020. For more information, please contact 

2019 Volunteer Scholarship Recipients 


On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) proudly awarded volunteer-focused scholarships to Saniya Parks and Elizabeth Basset. 

Both recipients were selected for the scholarship because of their many hours of volunteer service focusing on JLKD’s mission. JLKD is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Saniya Parks is a senior at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL and will attend American University in fall 2019 where she plans to major in journalism. Saniya currently serves as the President of ACTS2035 Teen Advisory Council, where she plans and implements youth community service projects in the Chicagoland area. She has used this platform to inspire her peers to be more engaged in their communities and help those in need. Saniya has also developed a variety of programs to help displaced and homeless families at Simmons Middle School in Aurora, IL. She has organized school uniform and food drives that have eased their burden and allowed the children to focus on their education. Saniya has goals to continue to build programs that provide services to at-risk students in the community. As Saniya says of her volunteer experience, “My service has not only allowed me to impact those who I serve but has allowed them to have a significant impact on my life. It has allowed me to appreciate the life that I live and inspired me to become the humanitarian that I am today.” As she continues, “The greatest gift I can give back to my college community is the opportunity to positively impact its most vulnerable residents.”

Elizabeth Bassett is a senior at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, IL and will attend Hope College in fall 2019 where she plans to major in communications, international business, and entrepreneurship. Elizabeth currently serves as a Girl Scout Ambassador. She has been a dedicated Girl Scout for 12 years and recent completed her Gold Award Project, in which she developed “Girls with Hammers” to encourage teen girls to be bold in their career choices, develop their confidence in STEM, and build a bee house for the community. As Elizabeth describes her experience, “The volunteer work that I have done has been extremely rewarding and has required me to develop intricate planning skills for a successful project.” Elizabeth has goals to continue to develop programs that will give college students an opportunity to give back to the local community.