Village of Progress awarding two scholarships

The Village of Progress Foundation will offer two scholarships in 2020. As a result of COVID-19, the scholarship winners will be notified by the end of October and their pictures will be posted on The Village of Progress Facebook page. Checks will be made out directly to the student.

The first scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is made possible through a joint effort between The Larry Young & Friends Charities and The Village of Progress Foundation. Larry Young & Friends Charities partner with The Village of Progress Foundation every year to help make our annual golf outing a success. Larry Young also serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The second scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is made possible through the generosity of the Cacciatore Family. The Cacciatores have been long time supporters of the Village.  Wanda served on the Village of Progress Board of Directors for 10 years beginning in 1988. She has served on the Foundation’s Board for almost 30 years.

The scholarship honors her husband, Pete, who was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Village. Pete passed away in the fall of 2014, leaving behind a legacy of commitment to the Village and its mission.

To be eligible for either scholarship, the student must be a resident of Ogle County and be either a high school senior who is disabled or is planning on attending college and majoring in an area related to the disabled, or a full-time undergraduate college student who is disabled or is majoring in an area related to the disabled.

Applications must be received by Oct. 30, 2020, be completed on the Foundation application form, and include at least two written references. The financial status of the applicant is not a consideration. Those wishing an application are encouraged to call the Village of Progress at 815-732-2126 or download an application from the Village of Progress website page (


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