State Representative Douglas Hoeft was known for his wry sense of humor, but when the former Regional Superintendent talked about education, his colleagues respected his opinion above all others.
Despite a long and celebrated career in elected office Doug was a teacher first and foremost. He taught someone, something everyday. Most of all he taught us that you can turn a past of “I can’t,” into a future of “I can!”
Doug faced any challenge he encountered head on. When he struggled as a student in elementary school, he found ways to study and learn to overcome a reading disability. He eventually earned his doctorate in education, proving that you can accomplish anything through education.
The Douglas Hoeft Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school graduates of programs within the nine school districts of the Kane County Educational Service Region. We especially encourage students who have faced challenges in their lives to apply. We are not necessarily looking for the student with the best GPA or community service record, rather students who have faced challenges and have worked to overcome them.
Applicants must currently reside within these areas listed above, and be entering their first year of a vocational/technical program or an institution of higher education. Four year college students are eligible for $1,500 and two year junior college students are eligible for $1,000. Applications will be accepted from February 1st through April 1st with scholarships being awarded in May for the following Fall term.
Annual scholarship awards could vary in amount and number according to the investment earnings and the number of qualified scholarship applicants.
In 2021, the Douglas Hoeft Scholarship Foundation has once again awarded scholarships to seven deserving students who have overcome significant challenges to become successful high school graduates. We invite you to view our 2021 Recipient Announcement for profiles on this year’s recipients.