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The program is currently closed.

Thank you to all past participants, unfortunately the program will not be running for the 2020-2021 academic year.

If you are interested in learning about other scholarship opportunities you may qualify for, please visit the Scholarship America Hub!


The John L. Ortiz Memorial Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

the John L. Ortiz Memorial Scholarship Fund sponsored by Robyn Ortiz has established a scholarship program to assist children residing in Illinois who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice for the upcoming school year.

This program is administered by Scholarship America┬«, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to The John L. Ortiz Memorial Scholarship Program must be:

  • A resident of Illinois whose biological or adoptive parent(s) has passed away.
  • Be high school seniors or graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.

Award Amounts

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award of $2,500. Up to two (2) awards will be granted.

Awards are one time only. Past recipients may not reapply; however, nonrecipients may reapply to the program each year they met eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need will not be considered.

A death certificate must be provided to authenticate the death of the parent(s).


Applicants will be notified in July.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The John L. Ortiz Memorial Scholarship Fund. Payment is made in one installment in early August. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are payable to the school for the student.

As part of your application, you must upload the following document(s):

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours, and term in which the course was taken.
  • Death certificate to authenticate the death of the parent(s).

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf.Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

The John L. Ortiz Memorial Scholarship Fund sponsored by Robyn Ortiz has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!