NAACP College Fair at Waubonsie Valley

College and Career Fair Schedule

7:45am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition (Field House)
8:00am – 12:00pm College/University/Enrichment Program Booths (Field House)

8:30am – 9:20am
Scholarships for Young Scholars (Auditorium) – Scholarship managers share details on how to access thousands of dollars in scholarship funds from: Bill Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Merck Science Initiative, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program and many more.
Illinois Math and Science Academy (Library) – IMSA representatives will discuss enrichment programs for 6th-8th graders as well as other high school opportunities.
Opportunity to Serve (Room 156) – Local law enforcement will share career pathways and address community concerns.

9:30am – 10:20am
Choosing the Right College/University for You (Auditorium) – College and university representatives will participate in a panel discussion to share information related to admission requirements, processes, scholarships, aide and special programs.
Don’t Be Intimidated (Room 156) – Parents share their secrets to preparing successful students that attended the college/university of their choice.
Dead End Friends (Library) – Maximizing one’s potential and achieving success often requires traveling with people with similar goals.
This truth telling segment provides participants with the courage needed for self-examination and hard decision making.

10:30am – 11:20am
“Ask the Superintendent” Town Hall Meeting: Hear it from the Source (Auditorium) – Superintendents respond to community questions and concerns.
If You Don’t Believe Me Just Watch (Room 156) – College students and recent graduates share advice and tips on how to successfully navigate the college years.
FAFSA/Bright Start 529 (Library)– Representatives provide information on important steps for applying for financial aid and tax exempt plans for college savings.

11:30am – 12:20pm
FREE RIDE: The Truth about Scholarships (Auditorium) – Back by popular demand, this session shares how 2.0 or 4.0 students can get a “full ride” to college.
College Readiness 9th-10th (Room 113) – High school counselors share steps that students should be taking to prepare for acceptance to college.
College Readiness 11th-12th (Room 156) – High school counselors share steps that students should be taking to prepare for acceptance to college.
Eagle Minded…No Chickens Allowed (Library) – Having goals is one thing, but achieving them takes time, self-understanding and perseverance. This energetic session explores the practical tools and concepts needed to soar like an eagle.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
12:30pm-1:30pm – Essay Winners Announced (Auditorium)

ACT-SO/Jr. ACT-SO Orientation
2:00pm – 4:00pm – DuPage County ACT-SO/Jr. ACT-SO Orientation. (Auditorium) Visit to pre-register and obtain more information.

Times and Seminar Topics are Subject to Change

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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:


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


We appreciate your continued support and partnership.

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


Aurora African American Heritage Advisory Board Scholarship Dinner

“The Aurora African American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) is inviting agencies, organizations and community members to nominate an African-American Auroran who contributes to the advancement of the African-American community. AAHAB is seeking to honor a person who exhibits leadership, volunteerism and service to the African-American community at our upcoming Scholarship Dinner in February 2015.”

AAHAB Dinner Nomination Form 2015

Henry Cowherd Jr. Scholarship updated