On Friday, May 3rd, the Morton College Foundation held a special convocation to award scholarships to 56 students attending Morton College, the second oldest community college in Illinois. "Our mission is to provide financial support to Morton College and to individuals in our community who are trying to obtain a high quality education at a reasonable cost," explained Rich Vavra, President of the Morton College Foundation. "Since our inception in 1976, we've awarded scholarships to over 1,400 students, along with many faculty and staff awards to recognize outstanding service. We've also contributed to capital development projects at Morton College, altogether totaling over $1,000,000."
The scholarships awarded to students cover educational costs like tuition, books, fees, and other expenses as directed by each donor. "The average award is $1,000 - 1,500 per student," added Vavra. "We're proud to be able to help students fulfill their potential by easing the financial burden of their education."
Vavra advises current and potential students to peruse the MC Foundation's website to familiarize themselves with the available scholarships. "We offer many diverse scholarships; some are need-based, while others are merit-based or specific to certain sports or other qualifications," he explained. "For example, our Women In Need (WIN) Grant is for full-time or part-time students, paying up to $1,000. The applicant must demonstrate financial need, be a Morton College District resident, and submit a one-page statement titled, "I am a Woman In Need because..."."
The Olga H. Bush Memorial Scholarship and the two Irving J. Vesely Scholarships are three of several scholarships that were established in memory of former Morton College teachers or administrative staff members. The Hope Scholarship is another type of grant that is specifically for students needing assistance but who are not eligible to apply for financial aid. Scholarship information is available at www.mortoncollegefoundation.org. For additional information, or to make a donation, please contact:
Morton College Foundation
6625 26th Street
Berwyn, IL 60402-2699