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

Irena Hong

2021 FOVB Scholarship Winners

Awarding the Friends of Volo Bog Environmental Studies/Natural Science Scholarships each year is a wonderful experience for the FOVB Board of Directors!  It feels like a real investment in our future. 

This year was no exception, as we awarded scholarships to three talented and ambitious students. They were selected by the Scholarship Committee from a total of 34 applicants:  11 continuing college students and 23 entering college for the first time.  We were able to award three scholarships once again because of the generosity of Dave and Cynthis LeMieux, who donated money for the third. All three scholarship winners and their families were able to join us at the Friends of Volo Bog Annual Meeting and Picnic this year, where they were introduced, read their essays to the group, and were presented with their checks.

Our winners of Entering College Scholarships this year are Ava (Gracie) Benstine of Oswego, a graduate of Oswego High School, who will be attending Augustana College, and Irena Hong, a graduate of Mount Prospect High School, who will attend the University of Minnesota. The winner of our Continuing College Scholarship is Samantha Garcia of Lake in the Hills, who has graduated from Northeastern Illinois University and will be attending the University of Illinois to earn a Master’s Degree.  The is the second scholarship we have awarded Samantha, because we were so impressed by her!

We wish each of these students all the best, and thank them for pursuing environmental careers!

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Samantha Garcia

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Ava (Gracie) Benstine