Joliet Region Education Hawk Scholarship Fund

Making a difference in our community

The Joliet Chamber Education Committee established the JOLIET REGION EDUCATION HAWK SCHOLARSHIP FUND in 2014. Modeled after a successful scholarship program in other states, this program exists to inspire and motivate students to go beyond high school education through recognition and financial reward for academic performance and community service.

Each year 46 elementary students are awarded $1,000 scholarships from all public and Catholic elementary and middle schools in Joliet, Laraway, Elwood, Rockdale, Channahon and Troy school districts to encourage them to attend college. An awards banquet is held in the recipients’ honor to acknowledge their accomplishment.

This gratifying project is made possible by contributions from community organizations and local businesses with the goal to raise $57,000 annually to sustain the scholarship fund. All scholarship funds will be invested through the Community Foundation of Will County who will serve as our 501©3 entity. If you would like to participate as a donor, please contact Mary Jaworski or Kelly Baltas for more information. We would be happy to schedule a time to come to you and discuss the rewards of being a benefactor.

It is a small, charitable investment to ensure a large return for our community now and in the future.

“I started to cry when I found I won because this is not something that happens every day. I will be the first person in my family to go to college. This scholarship will help my family the most.”

Grade 6

“It makes me feel good because I know someone believes in me. Thank you.”

Grade 5

“This scholarship is the start of new opportunities for me. I don’t even look at it as money because it is the beginning of something great.”

Grade 8

Make a contribution to the Joliet Region Education Scholarship Fund


Mary Jaworski
(815) 727-5371

Kelly Baltas
(815) 727-5371

Education Committee

Mr. Jeffrey Budz
Joliet Catholic Academy

Mr. Troy Cicero
MulticultuReal Communications

Dr. Charles Coleman
Joliet Public Schools Dist. 86

Ms. Bonnie Covelli
University of St. Francis

Ms. Venus Fisher
Rasmussen College

Mr. Craig Galyon
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School

Ms. Lori Gehrke
Rockdale School District #84

Mr. Mark Griglione
First Community Financial Bank

Mr. Nicholas Henkle
Channahon School District #17

Ms. Jen Howard
TCBY Frozen Yogurt

Dr. Todd Koehl
Troy CCSD #30-C

Mr. Joseph Langenderfer
Catholic Education Foundation, Diocese of Joliet

Ms. Samantha Marcum
IL State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant 49th Dist.

Dr. Cheryl McCarthy
Joliet Township High School Dist. 204

Ms. Kim Nichols
Abri Credit Union

Ms. Cathie Pezanoski
Elwood CCSD #203

Mr. Joe Salmieri
Laraway CCSD 70-C

Ms. Tricia Simpson

Mr. Bill Summers
Professional Development Alliance

Dr. Shawn Walsh
Will County Regional Office of Education

Mr. Lawrence Wiers
Lewis University