Environmental Studies/Natural Science

Scholarship Program






 $1,000 Scholarships are offered annually:  


The Friends of Volo Bog is offering an Entering College scholarship and a Continuing College scholarship for $1,000 each to outstanding students interested in pursuing an environmental career.


To be eligible for the Entering College scholarship the applicant must reside in Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, or Will County, attend a high school in one of these counties, have a minimum B average for the first three years, and plan to attend an accredited college or university. The applicant should be planning to enter a career directly related to preserving the natural environment.


To be eligible for the Continuing College scholarship the applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university pursing a degree directly related to preserving the natural environment, have a permanent residence in Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, or Will County, have graduated from a high school from one of these counties with a minimum B average, and currently hold a minimum B average in their college studies.


Application MUST be received by March 31st (or post marked by March 28). Please check Visitor Center hours if dropping off in person as the Visitor Center may be closed on and/or prior to the day of the deadline.

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Preparing the Application Package


Please assemble your package in one envelope in the following order:


  1. This Application Form filled out completely (form below).

  2. At least one signed letter of recommendation from a non-relative who is familiar your goals and aptitude.

  3. An ANONYMOUS, one-page, 300 – 400 word typed essay using 12-point font.  In it, address your motivation and goals for choosing environmental studies and/or natural science, your thoughts about environmental issues, and your related experiences and attributes which will help you to be successful.

  4. Sealed official transcripts mailed to you from your current school’s registrar (do not open them).


Mail all information in one envelope to:


Scholarship Committee

Friends of Volo Bog

28478 W. Brandenburg Road

Ingleside, IL 60041

2022 FOVB Scholarship Winners

Friends of Volo Bog Board is delighted to announce our 2022 Environmental/Natural Science Scholarship winners! Dan Haller, Dave LeMieux, and Caryn McAndrews of the FOVB Board made up the committee that selected the three winners, and each will receive $1,000.00. As
always, we had a wonderful group of applicants, and our committee expressed the wish that we had more scholarships available.

Spencer Knapp of Hoffman Estates was selected to receive the Continuing College scholarship. Spencer is a 2020 graduate of Hoffman Estates High School, and currently attends Drake University of Des Moines, Iowa, with plans for a career an environmental scientist.

Katie Auyeung of Elk Grove Village was selected to receive one of the Entering College scholarships. Katie is a 2022 graduate of James B. Conant High School, and plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, aiming for a career in environmental engineering.

Natalie Sorensen of McHenry was selected to receive the second Entering College scholarship. Natalie is a 2022 graduate of McHenry Community High School, and plans to attend Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, planning on a career in geological engineering.

We are so pleased to award scholarships to each of these worthy and talented students, and we wish them all good things as they pursue their dreams!

Spencer Knapp

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Katie Auyeung

Natalie Sorensen