Scholarships

The scholarship is for undergraduate study at accredited, two-year technical schools, or community colleges, trade schools, art schools and/or four-year colleges or universities worldwide.

Eligibility RequirementsApplicant must be a Wheaton North High School (Wheaton, Illinois) senior planning to enroll or expecting to enroll full-time for undergraduate study at accredited, two-year technical schools, or community colleges, trade schools, art schools and/or four-year colleges or universities worldwide.  The Selection Committee will verify with Wheaton North High School that the applicant is a senior in good standing.

Award:  The scholarship is for use in first year of study and is not renewable.

Amount:  $2,500.00

Basis of SelectionBased on the merit of the application and essay, seriousness of purpose, and depth of character.  The recipient is selected by the Scholarship Committee, with input from others as designated by the Committee, who administer the Scholarship Fund.  The Scholarship Committee members are members of the WNHSAA Board of Directors and are completely independent of WNHS and Community Unit School District 200.

Application RequirementsIn addition to a completed application, students must submit a 1,000 word essay by the March 15 deadline.  The application and essay question are available from Joshua Coan, Wheaton North High School, 701 W. Thomas St., Wheaton, IL  60187.  The completed application form and essay must be submitted to Joshua Coan by the March 15, 2017 deadline.

Potential Essay Questions: (Pick one to write about): Please select one of the five topics below on which to write an essay.  The essay should not exceed 1,000 words in length.

  1. As you reflect back on your time at Wheaton North High School, please identify one part of your life there that you would have done differently, and think about how continuing your education would allow you to make those changes.
  2. If you are happy with the person you are, please tell us about who you are, and how you believe continuing your education will build on and improve that person.
  3. If you are not happy with the person you are, please tell us about the person you would like to be and how you think continuing your education will help you become that person.
  4. I you think – this is crazy, I’m still a teenager and I don’t know what I’m looking for, tell us what you imagine the ideal you would be in two to four years, and how you could use continuing education to become that person.
  5. Write your own essay question and answer it (demonstrating why you should receive the Alumni Association scholarship).

Award Notification:  Applicants are notified of the selection decision by April 15.  The $1,500.00 scholarship award is made directly to the institution the student has elected to attend. 

Contact: Joshua Coan
Wheaton North High School
701 W. Thomas St.
Wheaton, IL  60187

Download the Application

The History:

Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year the WNHSAA was able to award two $2500 scholarships in honor of Mr. (Coach) Richard Helm and Mr. Martin Brackin. These two educators helped establish the foundation of “excellence in education” that continues to serve the Wheaton North High School community.

For the 2009-2010 school years the award was made in the memory of Richard (Rick) Reinert who was a founding member of the WNHSAA (Class of 67), Treasurer and a member of the Scholarship Committee. Rick passed away unexpectedly and his wife Linda who is a teacher at Wheaton North asked for all contributions in his memory be given to the Association.

The 2010-2011 scholarships were awarded in honor of Coaches James Rexillius and Anita Brechtel who  established and maintained the foundation of excellence that Wheaton North stands forth not only in education but in sports and competition.

The WNHSAA will be awarding one $2,500 scholarship to a WNHS Senior in May of 2014.  This scholarship will honor Laura Howell, the Athletic Department’s secretary from 1971 to 2013.  Laura’s North Carolina charm has won her numerous friends from the faculty, staff and student body.  WNHS student – athletes would often stop in to speak with Laura when they returned.  The WNHSAA is proud to honor Laura’s long tenure and dedication to the spirit  and values of WNHS.

 All donations to the WNHSAA are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt directly from PayPal.  Checks may be mailed to the WNHSAA, P.O. Box 1024, Wheaton, IL  60187.

As a graduate of WNHS, you likely received a great education and made life-long friends.  We hope you have wonderful memories of your formative years at WNHS.  Your donation in any amount to the WNHSAA will be much appreciated and put to very good use by a deserving student.