Volunteer Scholarships

Voluntarism is an important part of a thriving community and it is more important than ever to support this spirit of giving and leadership. With that in mind, the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is delighted to announce that we will award a minimum of one $1,000 scholarship to a college-bound, female high school student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to voluntarism.

In addition, JLKD is proud to announce that the scholarship program has been expanded. Scholarship winners will be eligible to reapply for an annual scholarship each year they are in college. JLKD recognizes the strong leadership and voluntarism commitment of these young women and wishes to continue our support of their educational goals.

The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact scholarships@jlkd.org.

This years winners

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) proudly awarded individual scholarships to two young women, Grace Hong and Ravyn Shelton. These women were selected to receive the volunteer-focused scholarship awards because of their many hours of volunteer service that focused 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.

Grace Hong is a senior at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL and will attend Princeton University in the fall where she plans to pursue a career in Engineering. Grace founded the Girls Who Code Club at the Naperville Public Library, which focuses on shrinking the gender gap in technology by teaching girls computer programming languages, promoting confidence, and illustrating the myriad of opportunities that exist for women in technology careers. In addition to mentoring girls in STEM opportunities, Grace has spent time volunteering at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and as a violinist with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s “Music Pathways” program presenting to students in Chicago Public Schools. Grace aims to pursue engineering “with the goal of converting novel ideas into real products with far-reaching impact, and hopes to graduate from college as an agent of social change.”

Ravyn Shelton is a senior at Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove, IL and will attend the University of Missouri in the fall where she plans to major in Communications with a minor in Political Science. After college, Ravyn plans to continue her studies at the University of Missouri to obtain a Juris Doctorate Degree on her way to a career as an attorney focusing on family law. Ravyn’s many hours of community service were dedicated to assisting at shelters for orphans and homeless pregnant teens, coordinating and creating age appropriate activities for children aged 2 to 6, and packaging food products at food pantries. In addition to her time volunteering in the local community, Ravyn created a Black Student Union at her high school that provides an open platform for discussion between all races, cultures, religions, and genders. It was through Ravyn’s volunteer work that she discovered her ultimate passion and decided upon a career in family law where she can “help adults who wish to restructure their lifestyles [and] be an advocate for children during these traumatic times.”

JLKD has no doubt these women have positively influenced our local communities and empowered women through their volunteer service. JLKD wishes Grace and Ravyn all the best as they continue to develop their own potential and is honored to be able to assist them in their educational journey.