Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Scholarship

In 2021, the Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Foundation offers the class of 2021 the following scholarships.

5 – $1,000 renewable (up to 4 years) scholarships to high school seniors from Illinois.  The total value over four years of each scholarship is $4,000 and the total value of this offering is $20,000. (Category 1).

2 – $2,500 renewable (up to 4 years) scholarships offered to a pool of candidates from the above applicants.  The only way to qualify for this scholarship is to apply for one of the above scholarships. These two scholarships require an interview and proof of financial need based on the Student Aid Report (SAR).  The total value over four years of each scholarship is $10,000 and the total value of this offering is $20,000. (Category 2).

Requirements for all categories are:

  • Participation in a high school sport for at least 3 of 4 years

  • A 500-word essay described on the application form

  • Two recommendations from Coach, Teacher or Community Sponsor

  • Community Service Requirement (50 hours) for the financial need (cat 2) recipients.

  • The foundation hopes the recipients can fulfill this requirement with our foundation, but we will accept other documented service hours.

For 2021, that’s 6 scholarships with a total value of $40,000!


Deadline for Student Application: 11 PM, Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021. 

Deadline for Recommendations:   10 PM, Friday, February 26th, 2021.

The time frame for Financial Need Scholarship Interviews is the weekend of March 13th.  We will contact the students the week of March 8th.  We are requiring a phone number for all who declare a financial need to facilitate the interview process.

If you are interested in the Category 2 Scholarship ($2,500 per year)  please be available over the weekend of March 13th and submit your proof of financial need (via the application form).  Up to 10 applicants will be selected for interviews. Interviews will be held via a Zoom call or similar method. Renewal in future years requires maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

Click here for the Scholarship Application

Applications & recommendations are only accepted via this website and not accepted via any other means.

Click here for the Recommendations info page