DuPage County NAACP Scholarship

The DuPage County NAACP is pleased to announce the 2015 Sydney Finley Memorial Scholarship essay competition.  Sydney Finley, Jr. is known for his exemplary service to the NAACP as the regional director in the 1960’s and the executive director of the Chicago Southside Branch for 6 years.  The scholarship was established to honor his service and commitment to civil justice, as well as his dedication to our youth and community.


The scholarship is open to all high school seniors who reside in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties.  The deadline to register online, submit essay and other supporting documents is Saturday, February 28, 2015.


Please distribute this link to high school seniors for registration and detailed information:



Scholarship awards range from $500 to $3000. The top recipients will receive their award over a 2 year period when providing college eligibility documents.  Individual award amounts will be based on the quality of the student essays, academic performance and community service.  Winners will be notified by March 15, 2015 and award certificates will be presented at the DuPage NAACP ACT-SO Banquet on March 22, 2015, where the winners will be our guests.


Additionally, applicants and at least one parent/guardian must be a member of the DuPage County NAACP Branch.  Youth memberships are $10 and Parent/Guardian memberships are $30.

To join, visit:  www.dupagecountynaacp.org/membership.


For more information about DuPage County NAACP, visit our website at dupagecountynaacp.org or please feel free to contact us at (630) 448-2220 or email us at info@dupagecountynaacp.org.


We appreciate your continued support and partnership.

January PAGES Meeting Notes

At the monthly meeting held on January 5,  2015, PAGES (Parents Advocating for the Greater Enrichment of Students) gained insight on the importance of Educational Equity as presented by Ms. Ivette Dubiel. She is the Director of Educational Equity for the Indian Prairie School District (IPSD), which is a new role within IPSD as of this school year. Through her role, Ms. Dubiel is also the District Liaison for Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC).

The decision to create the Director of Educational Equity position speaks to the district’s desire to improve the achievement gap amongst its students. The district’s decision also aligns with the U.S. Board of Education’s guidance to “Ensure All Students Have Equal Access to Educational Resources” (see http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-education-secretary-announces-guidance-ensure-all-students-have-equal-access-). As a result, IPSD is on the forefront of the Educational Equity movement. Ms Dubiel is one of only eight Educational Equity leaders amongst 800+ school districts in Illinois.

Educational Equity is when educational practices, policies, curricula, resources, and school cultures are representative of all students, such that each student has access to, participate in and make progress in high quality learning experiences,  regardless of her or his race,  sex, gender, ability, religion affiliation, national origin, linguistic diversity, or other  characteristics.

The lack of educational equity is one of the many reasons for the disparity of standardized test scores amongst IPSD students. Did you know that within two years it’s estimated IPSD will be a “minority majority” school district (the population of minority students will surpass that of majority students)? IPSD is faced with the challenge of achieving educational equity, reducing the achievement gap, improving test scores while maintaining its distinction as a high achieving school district.

Ms. Dubiel is conducting an equity audit of IPSD. The results of her audit and a strategic plan will be presented to the IPSD school board at the end of this school year. Ms. Dubiel believes the path to educational equity can begin by eliminating deficit thinking, deconstructing assumptions, and leading meaningful conversations about this topic.  Ms. Dubiel’s passion about her role and desire to improve educational equity within IPSD was evident throughout her presentation.

To learn more about Educational Equity PAGES encourages you to be informed, get involved, and consider the following:

Equity Presentation

At the January PAGES meeting, we heard from Ivette Dubiel on the current work being done in IPSD 204 to promote equity and close the achievement gap. Attached is a copy of the presentation for anyone who was unable to attend or would like to review the material.



Waubonsie Valley Hosts Black History Program


Waubonsie Valley High School’s Black Student Alliance invites you to join us for our Annual Black History Program

“Building a foundation to shape our future”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7pm

Waubonsie Valley Auditorium

2590 Ogden Avenue

Aurora, IL 60504

$3 per person


A celebration through music, dance, poetry, and art.

Inspirational words from Pastor Phil Jackson. Special guests and  representation from Aurora Dignitaries, North Central College Voices of Praise  Gospel Choir, African dance presentation and a host of Waubonsie’s talented students.

Aurora Service Above Self Awards

Mayor Weisner and the City of Aurora, in collaboration with Aurora’s MLK Committee, are honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King by recognizing youth who are carrying on his dedication to selfless service.

The 3rd Annual Service Above Self Awards will be presented to middle school and high school students during:

Monday, January 19, 2015 · 6:30 p.m.
Waubonsie Valley High School | 2590 Ogden Ave. | Aurora, IL 60504

2015 Service Above Self Awards (2)

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Time is running out for exceptional student leaders to apply for the 2015 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. Created to honor the legacy and character of President Ronald Reagan, this program annually rewards up to 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships (up to $40,000 per recipient).  
Like President Reagan, candidates use the formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve, and pursue a life of progress, both individually and for their communities. 
Help put promising young leaders in the running for this prestigious award by sharing this news with scholars who exemplify these characteristics inside and outside the classroom and encourage them to apply.
Applications for the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted online until January 8, 2015.  Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online.  You may also follow us on Facebook
We look forward to honoring your young leaders next spring.
Erin Korsvall
Program Officer, GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Applicants who have questions about the application process may contact the program’s administrator, Scholarship Management Services, at ge-reagan@scholarshipamerica.org