DeKalb Township Announces Scholarship Opportunity


The DeKalb Township Supervisor’s office is distributing applications for the Township Officials of Illinois (TOI) annual scholarship. This year TOI will award seven (7) $1500.00 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. TOI has been awarding the scholarships since 1989 and during that time has granted $297,000 aid to 179 students.

Township Supervisor Jennifer Jeep Johnson said “These scholarships are a great way for someone starting college in the fall to get some early financial aid and to defer the cost of getting a college degree.” “To my knowledge no student from the DeKalb area has ever been a recipient of the award and it is my hope that changes this year” added Johnson.

Applications can be downloaded from the DeKalb Township’s website here. Supervisor Johnson will be working with the D428 and the Regional Office of Education to get the word out about this opportunity and is willing to meet with any interested student to help them fulfill the interview requirement of the application. The application must be postmarked by March 1, 2018 for it to be considered and students will be notified after April 1, 2018 if they are a recipient.

Questions about the scholarship application can be directed to Jennifer Jeep Johnson, Township Supervisor, at 815-758-8282 or by email

To be eligible, you must meet all of the following criteria:
• Must be a graduating Illinois high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
• Must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Illinois.
• Must plan to attend a university/college in Illinois.
• Must have a history of extracurricular activities that demonstrates a willingness to accept leadership responsibilities (student government, club officer, etc.) or a commitment to civic responsibility, social consciousness and a willingness to serve the community (community service projects, volunteer activities with local service agencies or charitable institutions, etc.)
• Must submit a 500-word essay on The Role of Township Government in Today’s Society and in the Future that will include information gained from an interview with a township official.
• Must submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, local officials or business people.
• Must submit an official high school transcript.
• Must submit a cover letter and completed application form.
• Must plan to enroll at an Illinois school as a full-time undergraduate student.


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