Scholarship funds at The Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley have been established by individuals and organizations wanting to assist students in obtaining a college or vocational education and each have their own set of specific criteria.
This scholarship is in memory of John Locke, who died in a tragic automobile accident while attending the University of Missouri at Rolla. John graduated from Bishop McNamara in 2002. He was a scholar athlete in football, basketball and baseball. Although John received many honors in athletics, he will be remembered most for his character, his drive to be the best he could be at whatever he did and his desire to help others. He was always willing to help by volunteering in youth activities and at his school. This scholarship was set up to help provide financial support to students who reside within the boundaries of Kankakee County. The scholarship is based on academics (B average or higher, athletics) (varsity letter winner), and school/community service and involvement.
To apply for the John Locke Memorial Scholarship students should meet with their school counselors for an application.
Established in 2005, the Women In Networking Scholarship provides scholarships for women who live or work in the greater Kankakee River Valley area and who attend an institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois.
The African American Civic Leaders Scholarship was established in 2018 by the Mayor of Kankakee to provide financial support to African-American high school seniors that wish to continue their education at an accredited college, university, trade school or apprenticeship program.