The new council of the canton of Trier creates a new scholarship for Oakton College students
Oakton Community College students will get a boost in achieving their educational goals with a recently approved $20,000 donation from the New Trier Township Board of Trustees to the Oakton Educational Foundation.
The funds will be available for award in the 2022-2023 academic year to students who live in New Trier Township, have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and need financial resources to attend college. Currently, New Trier Township students make up approximately 10.9% of Oakton’s student body.
“Oakton is extremely grateful to Supervisor Eisenberg and her colleagues on the New Trier Township Board of Trustees for approving a life-changing donation that will change the lives of residents in their community by removing financial barriers and enabling students to achieve their educational goals at Oakton,” said Katherine Sawyer, Oakton’s director of advancement and executive director of the Education Foundation.
“The community college system was developed in this country in recognition of the importance that higher education can have on economic mobility and the barriers to entry into traditional four-year institutions. Research has shown that Community colleges offer a significant income boost to those who would otherwise not have attended college, said New Trier Township Supervisor Gail Eisenberg. “The council hopes to provide a transformative experience by launching this scholarship and plans to renew it. next year.”
To complete a scholarship application, students must have already applied to Oakton Community College and been accepted for admission. Registration for the Summer 2022 term is now open, and Fall 2022 registration opens for new students on April 7. Visit www.oakton.edu/register to start.
At Oakton, current-use scholarships can be created through a one-time contribution or a multi-year commitment to support the scholarship with an annual gift. The scholarship sponsors determine the name of the award, as well as the award criteria. During the fall semester, the Oakton Educational Foundation hosts an annual Donor Recognition Banquet where donors and Scholars have the opportunity to mingle.
The mission of the Township of New Trier is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources to benefit the physical, mental and social well-being of township residents. Established in 1850, New Trier Township Government serves over 60,000 residents in the villages of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Wilmette and Winnetka, as well as parts of Glenview and Northfield east of Harms Road and Northfield Road. The township office is located at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka and online at www.newtriertownship.com.