Eligible students must submit an online application at www.TheLegacyGuild.com by March 20. High school seniors and college students are eligible if they live in Lyons Township High School District 204 and have had a parent die while being raised in the area. While students must live in the district, they remain eligible if they attend, or attended, a high school outside the district. Awards will be announced in May.
Tom Cushing, a La Grange resident and a founding member of The Legacy Guild, said the first scholarships were awarded last year to 12 students, with each receiving $1,750 for this school year.
“Our goal is to continue to fund the education of these scholars while also awarding additional scholarships,” Cushing said. “The only way we’re able to do this is because of the outstanding support we’ve received from this community. Collectively we’re sending a strong message to these families that we are there for them, and that their loved ones aren’t forgotten.”
The Legacy Guild was formed in 2012 by a group of men from La Grange and surrounding areas drawn together after a cluster of sudden and unexpected deaths of some great friends and neighbors. The Guild formed within weeks of these tragic events to offer support to each other and to transcend their grief and sorrow. This support group is Christian-based (though all faiths are welcome) and meets regularly to discuss important issues, including how to be a better father, husband, son, brother, neighbor and friend. The scholarship program developed as an extension of these regular meetings.