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Press Release (June 16, 2017)

The Legacy Guild, a local nonprofit, announced it has awarded $187,500 in college scholarships to 75 students living in Lyons Township District 204 who have had a parent die while being raised in the area.

Each Legacy Guild Scholar receives a $2,500 scholarship renewable for up to four years of college – a commitment of up to $10,000 per student. 

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity and support of the local community, The Legacy Guild has now provided $478,500 in college scholarship awards since its inception in 2012. More than 98 cents of every dollar raised by the Guild goes directly to fund scholarships. 

This year’s Legacy Guild Scholars represent 10 communities including Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, La Grange, La Grange Highlands, La Grange Park, Western Springs and Willow Springs.

Legacy Guild Scholarship Committee Chair Ned Sher of La Grange said, “We created the Legacy Guild Scholars program to support local students and surviving spouses who have suffered a significant loss – and to honor those in the community who have passed away. Beyond the scholarship money, the men of The Legacy Guild help these Scholars build a network to navigate college, find internships and ultimately get jobs after college. It is very humbling to meet these Scholars, and hear their stories.”

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The Foundation of the Legacy Guild awards scholarships to applicants that meet the criteria listed below. The number of awards and amount rewarded is determined by The Foundation of the Legacy Guild and are not automatically renewable.


  1. Be a graduating District 204 high school senior accepted into college or a currently enrolled college student that graduated from a District 204 high school.
  2. Attest to financial need
  3. Demonstrate community service/volunteerism
  4. Have experienced the loss of a parent


The application period for the 2017-2018 academic year opened on January 10, 2017 and can be found HERE.


This application period will close on March 24, 2017.


Awards are determined by an committee independent of The Legacy Guild Board and based on both merit and need. 


The recipients are announced in May.  Graduating high school seniors will find out on Awards Day.  Checks are distributed at the Legacy Luncheon in June.


Legacy Guild Scholars may elect to participate in our Mentoring Program and receive assistance with educational and career guidance, networking and introductions to help them succeed beyond college.


If you have any questions about the application process, please send an email to Application@TheLegacyGuild.com.