Bourbonnais Friendship Festival Announces Three Scholarships Due April 30th


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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Bourbonnais Friendship Festival, Inc. has announced three scholarships in honor of individuals who dedicated their lives to community service. 

The scholarships, worth $500 each, are awarded to Kankakee County high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment to community service and have plans to attend college or enroll in a vocational training program.

The Lee Braford Scholarship was created to honor a festival leader and volunteer who passed away in 2007. The Patte Thompson Scholarship was established to recognize a long-time dedicated volunteer who had a passion for helping others, with preference given to health care-related majors. The Mianna Malone Scholarship commemorates a positive and kind young lady who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to serve her community, with preference given to psychology majors.

To be eligible, applicants must be active in community service projects and/or volunteer opportunities, and must submit a 150-300 word essay and one letter of recommendation from an individual who is intimately aware of their involvement in community service. Recipients will be chosen based on eligibility, application, essay, and references.

Applications for all three scholarships are due on or before April 30, 2023, and must be mailed to the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival Scholarship Committee at 600 Main St NW Bourbonnais, IL 60914.

The Bourbonnais Friendship Festival encourages all Kankakee County high school seniors to apply for these scholarships and continue the legacy of community service left by these remarkable individuals.


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