Turning dreams into realities –
one student at a time.

“It was a proud moment for me to cross the stage
to get that diploma.”


$6,000 grants for full-time scholars ($3,000 for part-time scholars), $2,000 text book grants for full-time students ($1000  for part-time students)


To be eligible to receive an award, an applicant:

  • Must be a graduate of the Evanston Township High School, or have attended ETHS and subsequently earned a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Pursuing associates, bachelors, or graduate degree in education or youth work
  • Enrolled as a full-time (12 or more credit hrs. per term) or part-time (6 or more credit hrs. per term) student


Awards are made according to the following selection criteria:

  • Success in overcoming poor academic achievement, lack of focus, or other personal challenges
  • Interest in working with young people
  • Community involvement
  • Leadership, sensitivity, compassion, commitment and a love of children
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance


How to Apply

Applications for 2024 Scholarships are now available. The deadline for applications is March 8, 2024.

Apply Online here

Apply by Mail
Download the 2024 Cherry Scholarship application.

2024 Cherry Scholarship Application



Arrange for recommendations from two (2) adults with whom you have had a professional relationship within the past five years (e.g. teacher, counselor, coach, clergy). Those who write these recommendations should not be related to you. Please ask them to e-mail their recommendation to Bill Speth (

Please allow sufficient time for your referrers to forward references to us.

Download Recommendation Form

We must receive your application no later than March 8, 2024. Additionally, we must receive a complete set of transcripts plus two letters of recommendation by March 15, 2024. Applications will be considered “complete” only when all transcripts and letters of recommendation are received.


The Selection Process


Applications Due

(MARCH 8, 2024)


Interview Finalists

(APRIL 14, 2024)


Award Winners Notified

(APRIL 18, 2024)


Awards Presentation Dinner

(APRIL 28, 2024)