Villa Park Women's League Philanthropies
Scholarships are awarded to deserving students residing in Villa Park in May. These are based on merit not financial need, selected by impartial judges based on student academic achievements, school activities, extra-curricular pursuits including employment as well as demonstrated leadership abilities. An essay is now required.
Several Wayne Johnson and Jeannie DeSantis scholarships have also been awarded in recent years with private funding.
As part of the philanthropic effort, the Disbursement Committee allocates monies raised at the annual fundraising event. Amounts are awarded to our four Villa Park schools, local library, Villa Park Foundation and for other local needs identified by the committee. Scholarships for selected local students are also funded.
These “gifts” of philanthropy are a very important tradition/heritage within the Villa Park Women’s League.
2018 Higher Education Scholarship Recipients
Wyatt Bui - Plans to attend The University of Notre Dame or Vanderbilt University where he will study political science and economics.
Matthew Houlihan - Plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he will study business administration.
Abby Mills - Plans to attend either Boise State University or Syracuse University and pursue a degree in education with an emphasis in psychology and music therapy.
The Giving Tree
A BIG thank you goes to all of you who helped make the Giving Tree a Success! With your generous contributions, we were able to deliver 148 gifts and gift cards to needy children in Orange. Preschoolers form Orange Children and Parents Together received Teddy Bears, clothing, Duplo kits, Frozen dolls and play dresses, art kits and many other toys. One lucky child received a Radio Flyer tricycle. The Friendly Centerr helped us distribute gifts to the older children, 8 years through 12+. They received gift cards, Barbie doll sets, nail polish, hot wheels sets, Star Wars legos, games, clothing etc.Thanks again for helping put a smile on so many children faces and making their Christmas special.
The Villa Park Women's League was proud to award $14,000 in Scholarships in 2016 to the following Villa Park High School Seniors.
"The Jeannie Desantis Scholarship"
Zoe Kuli - $1500
VPWL Merit Scholarships
Amber Duong - $1500 - Vito Canuso - $1500 - Zoe Kuli - $1500 - (Lauren Jones $1500 - not in photo)
Villa Park Women's League Philanthropy - 2016 Distributions
Cerro Villa Middle School $1500.00
Villa Park Beautification $2500.00
Villa Park High School $1500.00
Serrano Elementary School $1500.00
Student Scholarships $4500.00
Villa Park Friends of the Library $1500.00
VP Community Services Foundation $1500.00
Villa Park Elementary School $1500.00