The Des Plaines Community Foundation offered four $1,500 scholarships to Des Plaines college-bound students. This is the fourth year the Foundation has offered scholarships.
The four recipients for scholarships are Amanda Rey and Mallory Tamillo from Maine West High School, Melissa Picchi from Elk Grove High School, and Anetta Siemanowicz from Maine East High School.

“We believe that helping our young adults obtain a college education is an investment, not only in the future of our youth, but also in the future of Des Plaines,” said Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Foundation. “The scholarships will help bring a college degree within reach for students who want it most.”

The DPCF scholarship committee trustees are Rich Holke, Kimberly Ball, Mark Lucaccioni, Sandra Hansen, Kathy Puetz and Margaret Polovchak. They judged the student applications
based on strict guidelines and required paperwork.


“It is very impressive the commitment and pride these students have to our community. They understand the value of community development,” said Rich Holke, chairman of the scholarship committee.”

Students are required to be Des Plaines residents, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. High school seniors must be in the process of applying to or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program at college, university, or vocational/technical institution during the fall semester to be eligible. A minimum of 12 credit hours per semester is required. Graduate programs do not qualify.

The students are required to provide a 100-word statement of their personal goals and a 500-word essay about how they have participated in community service or worked to support themselves or their family. A copy of high school transcripts which include a cumulative GPA is also required.

Students must complete a scholarship program application which can be downloaded online at:

If missing any of the required paperwork the applicant’s submission is automatically disqualified from the review process. Students should not send additional documentation than what is required. It will not be considered in the review process.