The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers offers scholarships to Illinois students enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs. Scholarship and Award submissions are evaluated by a committee of Professional Engineers. If you know of an engineering student who fits the qualifications for any of the scholarships below, encourage them to apply. The deadline for submission is March 31. Deadlines for individual chapter scholarships may vary.

The OHS students were challenged by Mr. Nelson to raise $1,000 for the Dark Horse Lodge. The money come from donation buckets that were located in the library, office, and lunch room. In addition, Mrs. Koruba sold military themed wreaths via bidding online and donated the money to Dark Horse. The total amount raised was $ 1,154.67.
Pictured below is Connor Young presenting Jerry Olson with the donation check.
Way to go OHS students and staff!

2017 Dark Horse Donation

Community Foundation of NI


Local students now able to apply for more than $225,000 in scholarships

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) will open its scholarship application on Friday, December 1. CFNIL has 84 unique scholarships that will award more than $225,000 to local students this year. The application period will close at 5 p.m. on February 1, 2018.
All of CFNIL’s scholarship endowments were created by individuals or organizations that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity. The endowments’ creators selected the criteria for each scholarship, based on their interests and the community’s need.
Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties, as well as for non-traditional students; students with financial need; student athletes; students of color; and students pursuing careers in teaching, STEM, business, fire science, and healthcare. Some scholarships are renewable for up to four years. The diversity of scholarship offerings reflects the diversity of CFNIL’s donors and the communities it serves.
“The Community Foundation is honored to serve as the steward of scholarship endowments that fulfill the charitable intent of our donors and create a permanent reservoir of opportunity for our students,” said CFNIL President Jon Bates.
Applications are read and scored by committees of volunteers who use a “blind” review process. The scholarship committees then make recommendations to CFNIL’s Board of Trustees. Scholarship recipients are announced in late April. Awards are sent directly to the college or university the recipient will be attending. Interested students should visit to learn more. 
All scholarship applications must be submitted through CFNIL’s Web Portal. Once registered for the Web Portal, students answer questions about their academics, background, and extracurricular activities. From these answers, applicants will be automatically matched to all scholarships for which they are eligible. Last year, the average applicant was eligible for more than 3 scholarships. Most scholarships award between $500 and $2,500, but a few award significantly more. For example, the Howard D. Colman Scholarship awards up to $32,500 over four years for students pursuing careers in engineering, computer science, applied science or a comparable technology field.  The Howard D. Colman Scholarship was named after the Rockford inventor and entrepreneur, who registered 149 patents and co-founded the Barber-Colman Company. The scholarship was established by Colman’s daughter, Ruth Colman Tower.

Students interested in applying should attend the Community Scholarship Fair on Tuesday, December 5th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mendelssohn Hall (406 N. Main Street in Rockford). Representatives from CFNIL, Rock Valley College Foundation, Rockford Public Library, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will explain how to find and apply for local scholarships and how to navigate the federal financial aid process. The Community Scholarship Fair is free and open to the public. Students who plan on applying for CFNIL scholarships are encouraged, but not required to attend.

Invitation to the public:
On Wednesday, December 6th, from 6-8PM at the Oregon Coliseum, twelve high school senior entrepreneurial teams will be presenting proposals in the hopes of attracting local investment dollars to get their micro-businesses off the ground during second semester.

All micro-business proposals must follow three criteria:
1) They must have a social benefit.
2) They must be entirely student created.
3) They must be operable on a low budget with a limited time frame (to keep their focus on academics).

We'd love to see you there -- maybe as a second-semester mentor for a student business, maybe as an interested investor, maybe just as a community member who can give valuable feedback.

If you'd like to learn more, I've attached a flyer. On it, you'll see the mission statements of all 12 teams that will help pique your curiosity... :)

Thanks for your support of this exciting new venture from Oregon High School!

Aaron Sitze
OHS Social Entrepreneurship Instructor

OP Startup Showcase OP Startup Showcase 2

High School

Oregon High School

210 S. 10th St.
Oregon, IL   61061

Phone: 815-732-5300
Fax: 815-732-3361

Contact Information:

Dr. Heidi Deininger, Principal 

Mr. Mike Lawton, Activities Director

Additional Resources:

OHS Student Handbook

OHS Daily Schedules

OHS Report Card