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College Scholarships

The Sommer Foundation’s mission is to provide college or university scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have experienced the death of a parent and, despite the resulting emotional trauma, have performed in an exemplary manner during their high school career.

For 29 years, the Sommer Foundation has raised funds for college bound students who have lost a parent.

Since the creation of the Sommer Foundation, 106 scholarships have been awarded, and over a half-million in scholarship dollars have been granted. These students demonstrated high academic performance, were involved in extra curricular activities in high school and also found time to volunteer within their communities. Several of the students also worked to assist financially with their families and their education.

The scholarships are available to all graduating seniors attending a high school located within Illinois.

College Scholarship Recipients


The Sommer Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including sexual orientation or gender identity), national origin, disability, or age.