Winners of the 2017 Redefining Ready! scholarship tell us how they are more than a score. 


The Foundation currently awards the following scholarships through the generosity of donors. Contributions into these funds are always welcome. To consider forming a new scholarship, contact Brooke Snell, the Foundation's Development Coordinator, at

Students, please contact your college counselor to learn more about the application process. Applications are available second semester.  Winners will be announced in May.  


Brett Robert Jostes Girls in STEM Scholarship

This award, launched by a Prospect High School graduate in memory of a friend, provides $500 annually to a graduating District 214 female senior who plans to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.



This award, created by the Class of 1984 in memory of classmates lost too young, provides $500 annually to a graduating Buffalo Grove High School senior.


Cherry Nellessen Memorial Scholarship for Performing Arts Advancement

This award was launched anonymously in honor of Cherry Nellessen, given her extraordinary involvement in and support of the fine and performing arts at Prospect High School as a former Prospect parent. The award supports private music instruction (vocal and instrumental) for four students a year from Prospect's Marching Knights and Company or Mixed Company show choirs. 


Jeff Miller Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, created by a Prospect High School family, memorializes the legacy of Jeff Miller, a former athletic boosters president and avid Prospect athletics supporter. It annually awards $1,000 to one graduating female Prospect senior athlete and $1,000 to one graduating male Prospect senior athlete.

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John K. Marquette Endowed Fine Arts Scholarship

This award, established in honor of former John Hersey and Prospect high school teacher, coach and director John K. Marquette, provides $2,000 annually to graduating seniors: $1,000 to a senior from Hersey and $1,000 to a senior from Prospect. Students must demonstrate significant ability and achievement in speech and/or theater and demonstrate the highest character, showing leadership; pride in his/her work; a passion for and love of speech and/or theater; and proven diligence and commitment to reaching their full potential.

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Lauren Graver Scholarship

This fund will provide a minimum of $500 annually to a graduating Prospect senior who intends to pursue a career in journalism. This award is intended for a student who has demonstrated leadership and hard work within the field of journalism at Prospect, and/or specifically with The Prospector. 


Class of 1990 Legacy Scholarship

This award, created by the Wheeling High School Class of 1990, provides $500 annually to a graduating Wheeling High School senior.


Knight Aquatic Collegiate Scholarship

This gift, launched through a generous contribution from a proud Prospect graduate, awards $2,000 annually to a graduating Prospect senior who was active in aquatics while in high school. The award is renewable for up to three more years, with a total possible scholarship of $8,000 over four years.  

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Miriam (Mimi) Cooper Law and Equity Legacy Scholarship

This award, launched to honor longtime Board of Education member and Foundation trustee Miriam (Mimi) Cooper, awards $500 to a graduating female student who plans to pursue a career in the law or criminal justice field and has demonstrated volunteerism while in high school, in line with Cooper's legacy.

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Redefining Ready! Scholarship

Up to $5,000 or more is awarded annually to graduating seniors demonstrating college, career and life readiness beyond a test score. The scholarship requires a short video posted to Twitter as well as a brief written statement, differentiating it from other scholarships available through the Education Foundation.