The Chris "SPEY" VanSpeybroeck Memorial is a non-profit memorial scholarship fund started in August of 2012. The primary goal of the Memorial is to educate and increase awareness of meningococcal disease and provide scholarships to graduating seniors from local Illinois High Schools who will attest to obtaining the vaccination.
The founding members were personally affected by the tragedy of meningococcal disease by the loss of a son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend - Chris VanSpeybroeck at the young age of 21.The Chris "SPEY" VanSpeybroeck Memorial mission is to educate families and others about bacterial meningitis and preventative approaches to the disease. In particular, the Memorial is focused on raising awareness and protection among adolescents and young adults, many of whom can be protected through education and vaccination efforts.
The Chris "Spey" VanSpeybroeck Memorial Scholarship Committee's goal is to increase awareness of Meningococcal Disease (signs, symptoms and how it is spread) and promote immunizations to prevent the majority of Meningococcal Disease. Chris VanSpeybroeck, for whom this scholarship award is named, passed away on 11/09/09 due to Bacterial Meningitis. It is the Committee's belief that vaccination and knowledge of this disease will help reduce the loss of other young lives.
-Amount and number of awards to be determined annually.
-Two $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded in 2018-Must be a current graduating senior from one of the eligible high schools at time of application submission.
(Moline High School, Alleman High, Rock Island High School and United Township High School)
-Must have anticipated graduation date of Spring 2018-Must have a minimum GPA of 2.8
-Applicant must provide proof of class rank and a transcript of seventh semester courses
-Based on community involvement (with at least one service oriented activity in place of worship, school or community)
-Applicants must submit an essay to the Selection Advisory Committee on "The Importance of Family and Friends". Maximum 200 words.
-Only completed applications will be considered.
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