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Bonnie McBeth Early Learning scholarship application available

Current teachers taking graduate-level courses in early education are encouraged to apply for financial support through the Bonnie McBeth Early Learning Scholarship program.

The scholarship is available to any current teacher – both in and out of District 202.

The application is available on the front page of the District 202 web site (www.psd202.org) under “News” and “Announcements”.

Applications must be received by September 22, 2017. The scholarship will be announced no later than October 6, 2017. This is the 11th year that the Bonnie McBeth Early Learning Scholarship has been offered.

The winner will receive $1,500 to help pay for program costs associated with a university or certified early childhood program.

The scholarship can be used to reimburse expenses already incurred, with proof of enrollment and payment to an approved program. Winners and applicants can re-apply annually.

This year’s scholarship can be used until the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year (June 30, 2018).

The Bonnie McBeth Early Learning scholarship was created in May 2007. McBeth was District 202’s first kindergarten teacher in 1951. She retired from education in 1994 after 38 years. She passed away in February 2014.

In 2001, District 202 named its new preschool/early childhood program the Bonnie McBeth Learning Center. McBeth donated $25,000 to endow the scholarship.

The Plainfield Foundation for Excellence – District 202’s private fundraising organization – administers the Bonnie McBeth scholarship on behalf of the McBeth family.

For more information, contact District 202 Director of Community Relations Tom Hernandez at (815) 577-4008 or tahernan@psd202.org