One Million Monarchs Scholarship Opportunity

One Million Monarchs is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assemble a healing path forward for teens grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or close friend by encouraging expression and personal growth, supporting grieving parents and providing resources to lessen the financial burden of loss.

As part of our commitment to helping bereaved youth stay on track toward their future goals, we are offering TEN $1,000 scholarships in 2021 to graduating McHenry County HS Seniors who have experienced this type of loss in their lifetime.  These scholarships have been made possible by the Advancing Lives grant from the Advia Foundation.  The award will be presented to the student on Scholarship Night and/or at a One Million Monarchs Board Meeting.  This scholarship must be used to pay tuition at a college or university or trade school.

The Board of Directors for One Million Monarchs will select the scholarship winner based on the strength of their total application package.  The student will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, volunteerism, and on their essay response addressing the way they handled the challenges associated with losing a close family member during their youth.

Applicants must meet all of these requirements to be considered:

  • Currently a senior in good standing in a McHenry County High School

  • Recommendation/Endorsement of a Faculty Representative

  • Experienced the loss of a close loved one during childhood, such as a parent or sibling.

  • Exhibited strong focus on academics and extracurricular activities, including volunteerism/mentorship

  • Currently have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent achievement on a different scale)

Click here to submit your application for a One Million Monarchs scholarship.


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