The Lyons Community Foundation currently supports several named scholarships in honor of local leaders with a passion for education, leadership and community mindedness and whose legacy lives to support the dreams of Lyons area students:
2018 Lyons Community Foundation named scholarships:
Lyons Community Foundation Scholarships: Two $1000 scholarships offered by the Lyons Community Foundation, will recognize any graduating senior, or home schooled student from the greater Lyons area who has successfully served in a leadership role, earned at least a 3.5 GPA (or equivalent) and has demonstrated community-mindedness.
Lyons Community Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Steve Ralston: Created in 2009 to honor the memory of Lyons resident, businessman, and community supporter Steve Ralston. One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to students who best express their passion for learning and sharing one’s interests, skills and joyful life experiences with their community. Eligible students include graduating Lyons High students, greater Lyons area students who attend schools neighboring communities and home schooled students.
Lyons Community Foundation Joel Mack Memorial Scholarships: Honoring the memory of Joel Mack, a Lyons High School athlete and alumni who was killed in 1983 when he stopped to render aid to stranded motorists. Two $1000 scholarships awarded to one female and one male athlete. Students applying for this scholarship must be a graduating Lyons High School senior or home schooled student who participates in a sport at Lyons High School.
Gerald Boland Memorial Scholarship: Honoring the memory of Gerald Boland, a 54 year resident of Lyons who taught in Lyons Schools for 31 years. He was a coach, Boy Scout Leader, and mentor who had a passion for learning and the outdoors. One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to students who share these passions. Eligible students must attend Lyons High School and have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Uncle Louis “Bud” Winkler Memorial Scholarship: Honoring the memory of businessman Louis Winkler, one $1000 scholarship is available to any graduating senior or home schooled student in the greater Lyons area who has at least a 3.0 GPA and plan on majoring in business or finance.
Janet Orback Memorial Scholarship: Newly established in 2018, this $500 scholarship honors the memory of lifelong Lyons resident Janet Orback, who along with her husband Dave, tirelessly helped to provide support and friendship to her neighbors whose homes and lives were destroyed in the 2013 floods, as well as being stewards of the Lyons Cemetery for over 15 years. Recipients of the Janet Orback Memorial Scholarship must have a 2.5 GPA, are active participants in the community, and show a commitment to caring for the environment.
To donate to any of these scholarship funds, please click on the DONATE NOW button and indicate if you would like your support applied in memory of Steve Ralston, Gerald Boland, Joel Mack, Uncle Bud Winkler, Janet Orback or the LCF General Scholarship Fund.