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Scholarships

A.C.E. Award

The A.C.E. Award recognizes a student who lives within the Warren District, who despite severe personal or family challenges in their young life, has overcome them and successfully earned their high school diploma. There is no application for the students to complete. Students are chosen by the principals/teachers/counselors of their respective schools. The recognized graduated senior is awarded a $2,000 scholarship.

 

youth of the month

The Youth of the Month Award recognizes a graduating senior who lives within the Warren District for their academic, athletic, extracurricular and community service activities. This student receives a $400 scholarship.

 

Youth of the Year

The Youth of the Year Award recognizes a graduating senior who lives within the Warren District for their academic, athletic, extracurricular and community service activities. This student receives a $2,000 scholarship.

 

Young Citizenship Award

No application for the students to complete. Middle school students are chosen by the principals/teachers/leadership teams of their respective schools and they are selected by demonstrating the characteristics of citizenship, attitude, academics, service, and leadership.

 

Verna Rocheleau scholarship

The Exchange Club of Gurnee awards the Verna Rocheleau Scholarship every year to a graduating senior who displays a great commitment to their academic achievement, a commitment to society through community service, participation in school activities, and is a graduate of Gurnee District 56. Named in honor of a beloved, long time educator from Gurnee District 56, this financial award is presented to a graduating senior who has given back to their community while exhibiting a strong academic performance. This student receives a $2,000 scholarship.

 

Souza scholarship

Qualifications
• Awarded to one graduating Warren senior planning to attend an accredited 4-year college or university.
• Additional essay required.

Essay Information & Topic
Bill Souza was an employee of Warren High School for many years and was known as “Mr. Blue Devil” because he had been active in the sports and other after school activities at Warren. He had also started the Junior Exchange Club at Warren while he worked there. He was committed to youth activities and the youth of Gurnee. He was also very active with the Noon Exchange Club of Gurnee and was honored as our “Book of Golden Deeds” recipient in the mid-1980s. He was also known by many in Gurnee as “Mr. Exchange.”

 

As a scholarship applicant, we would like for you to write an essay concerning “What the youth of Gurnee could do for their school and community and how the Exchange Club (with their youth activities focus) could help the youth in Gurnee.” We would like it to be at least 200 typewritten words in length. If your essay continues to additional pages, make sure to add your student ID to the top of each page. This student receives a $2,000 scholarship.

 

Swanson scholarship

Qualifications
• Awarded to one graduating Warren senior planning to attend an accredited 4-year college or university.
• Additional essay required.

Essay Information & Topic
Howard Swanson was very active as a member of the Gurnee Noon Exchange Club. In addition to his legal practice in Waukegan, he was also the Village of Gurnee attorney.

 

One of the main reasons that members join the Exchange Club is to make a difference in their community and to “give back.” Please write an essay concerning “how I can give back and make a difference in my world.” We would like it to be at least 200 typewritten words in length. This student receives a $2,000 scholarship.