Scholarships

Rotary Music Scholarship applications now being accepted!

Saturday, February 17, 2024
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The Rotary Club of Downers Grove is now accepting applications for their annual Charles Dickerman Music Scholarships. Each year since 2009 the Rotary Club presents scholarship checks to deserving high school seniors who reside in Downers Grove or the District 99 attendance area. Again this year we will award up to six scholarships:  a Grand Award of $5,000, plus up to five additional cash awards of at least $2,000!!

Charles Dickerman was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Downers Grove. He was a nuclear physicist at Argonne National Laboratory who had undergraduate degrees in both physics and music. Charles stayed involved in music throughout his life and was an avid bagpiper!



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Thursday, February 15, 2024
By: Cathy Mead
The application for the Rotary Club of Downers Grove Service Scholarship for 2024 is now available. Scholarships will be awarded ranging from $2,000 - $5,000. Deadline for all applications is Friday, March 22, 2024. Applications are accepted online through the Google form, with link below.

Requirements for the Rotary Club of Downers Grove Service Scholarships are as follows: 
• Must be a resident of Downers Grove, enrolled in a public or private high school.
• Must be a graduating Senior pursuing a post-secondary program.
• Participant in service activities in school or the community.
• Demonstrated leadership qualities within the service activities.

• Financial need is not a criteria for selection.



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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
By: Mark Grippando
Thirteen of our sixteen scholarship winners with their parents attended a wonderful buffet at The Baked Apple on Tuesday!  The graduates' hard work was recognized by our club, made possible by the work we do through our fundraisers.  Hearing the students' stories and all the exciting places they are going to was inspiring to hear as we enter the final stretch of delivering Rotary GroveFest for the community. (some pictures not rotating correctly)
 

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
By: Dave Humphreys
Dave Humphreys presented four Charles Dickerman Music Scholarships at the North High School Senior Awards Night last Wednesday. The four students, left to right, are:  Hannah Janka (French Horn), Claire Gustis (Flute), Cameron Hejny (Clarinet, Grand Award Winner), and Stephen Cecil (Viola). 

Nicole Walus presented the fifth Dickerman award at South High School the same evening to Olivia Balicki (Percussion).

A total of $15,000 in Dickerman Scholarships was presented on Wednesday to these five talented students! All scholarship winners are invited to join Rotarians at our breakfast meeting on June 6th.