Scholarship Program

Scholarship Assistance Fund Dollars for Scholars scholarships are offered to residents of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights and Wheeling, Illinois. In addition to meeting the residency requirement, all applicants must:

  • Be a current high school senior or have received a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Attend a 2 or 4 year college or university (full time) or vocational, trade or technical school (full or half time) in the 2021-22 school year
  • Have a minimum overall unweighted GPA of 3.0/4.0 for academic scholarships or 2.0/4.0 for Vocational/Trade School scholarship

The following scholarships are available:

Seven $2,500 Academic Scholarships

One $2,500 Charles E. Priester Four-Year Renewable Academic Scholarship ($10,000 over four years)

Two $2,500 George and Christine Winandy Academic Scholarship awarded to students majoring in one of the following areas: science, math, computer technology, education, music, or nursing

One $2,500 Lyn J Kearns Academic Scholarship awarded to students majoring in education or nursing

One $2,500 Vocational/Trade School Scholarship


For scholarships awarded for the 2021-22 school year, the application deadline is Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Financial Need
  • Community Service, Extracurricular Activities and Employment
  • Two Written Essays (150 words or less)
  • Letters of Recommendation (two required)

Top scoring applicants will be invited for an interview with members of the Board of Directors. Following the interviews, a recipient announcement will be made mid-April.  Scholarship winners are expected to attend an awards celebration held in June.

For more information on submitting an application, visit our Students & Parents page.

How To Apply