2017 Caring Women’s ConnectionScholarship & Service Award
For Graduating High School Seniors

Attending an accredited college, university or vocational school to obtain a 2-4 year degree in the Fall 2017

The 2016 Scholarship & Service Award application is due by February 8, 2017
 Eligibility requirements: 
  • Be a Lake County Resident
  • Have a minimum overall academic GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Math, English and Science
  • Must have 50 hours of verifiable volunteer hours during your high school career.
  • Will be enrolled full-time during the 2016-2017 academic year at an accredited college, university or vocational school
  • Must be willing to volunteer for 10 hours of service time in a community of your choice (5 hours before the
  • Click HERE for 2017 CWC Service Scholarship Application (MWord format)
  • Click HERE for the 2017 Joseph Lis Science/ Teaching Scholarship Application (MWord format)
  • Questions?  Please email our Scholarship Chair, Pamela Coleman scholarship@caringwomensconnection.com
To Support the Scholarship
You may donate to the scholarship online at any time: (*The Caring Women’s Connection is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.)

Last year, the CWC Scholarship Committee received a very generous sponsorship of $2,850 from MOD Pizza of Kildeer. With this, along with several other generous donations, we are able to award 4 students with service scholarships! The first of which went to Brandon Antonio from Waukegan. Brandon is the winner of our $3,000 scholarship. Two students are being awarded a $1,500 scholarship and one student is being awarded $1,000. All of these students showed a deep passion and genuine love for volunteerism in their community and surrounding area. Please take a moment to read a little bit about each of our awardees below. Thank you to everyone that contributes to the scholarship fund and to the Caring Women’s Connection general fund. None of this would be possible with your continued support!

Brandon Antonio
Waukegan High School, Brookside Campus

My favorite activities are programming, reading, drawing, physical fitness, and community service. I like meeting others and making new friendships while also helping my community whenever I can. I will be attending Northern Illinois University and will be majoring in both electrical engineering and business. I also hope to become a candidate for the ROTC program and become an officer. My favorite activity for community service is the Salvation Army Camp because it was one of the first community service activities I have done. It helped me realize how entertaining and important it is to help others.

Gabriella Munoz
Libertyville High School

I will be attending Franklin University Switzerland to major in environmental studies with an emphasis in social justice and sustainability. In high school I have enjoyed working with disabled students through Best Buddies and being a part of numerous service projects through Interact. My favorite thing to be a part of has been Waukegan to College, an organization that improves academic resources for children in Waukegan by providing tutors and workshops. Next year I look forward to finding similar opportunities to volunteer with educational groups as well as assisting people who are facing poverty

Harriet Legan
Libertyville High School

My Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Stitches for Strength, has been my favorite community service by far. I love helping people, and my project, which required 140 hours of service and leadership to complete, allowed me to help cancer patients in my community suffering from hair loss due to their treatment. Through my project, I reminded cancer patients that they are unconditionally valued and loved by crocheting beanie hats and making no-sew fleece scarves and donating them to my community hospital. Every cancer fighter received a beanie hat or scarf with inspirational messages attached to bring warmth to both their heads and their hearts. I raised awareness of this cause to a broad audience, and created a website https://sites. google.com/site/stitchesforstrength which continues to bring awareness to the need. I am so thrilled to have the chance now to make a difference at Ball State University, where I will be attending in the fall. I am extremely excited to get involved in the different service opportunities there will be on and around campus. Although I haven’t decided yet what I will be majoring in, I know that I want to do something that will allow me to help people to overcome their challenges and enjoy life to the fulles

Matt Pappas
Lake Zurich High School

I plan to attend the University of Minnesota in the fall to study mechanical engineering. My favorite service experience to date has been my time in the Challenger Baseball Program, where I helped mentor and teach children with special needs to play baseball. My buddy for the last 3 years has been Nicky, a nine-year-old boy with autism. Over the years, Nicky and I have developed a great bond together. At the University of Minnesota, I plan on getting involved in the Minneapolis community through the University’s Center for Community Engagement and possibly participate in the Engineers Without Borders program where I would travel to other countries and assist in engineering projects and use my skills to help improve developing communities.