About The HEAR Foundation (Health Education and Relief)

The HEAR Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide financial and mentoring support to Chicagoland High School graduates of need, who have demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to community, and highest moral character in pursuing their dream of a college education.

The 2018 HEAR Scholarship Application Cycle is now closed.

We received a record number of applications for our 2018 HEAR Scholarship and these are currently being reviewed by our pre-selection committee.

Interviews will be held on April 23rd, 25th & 30th, and successful applicants will be notified by the end of March / first week of April.

Our awards ceremony will be held at St. Ignatius College Prep. on Tuesday, May 8th. We hope to award up to 24 scholarships this year, an increase of 50% on 2017!

If you have any questions or to find out more about our scholarship program, please email: info@hearfoundation.org.

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Listen to our HEAR Story!

See, HEAR and discover what being awarded a HEAR Scholarship from our Foundation really means to some of our scholars. Listen to members of our Board of Directors explain why they felt compelled to become part of our organization and help change the futures of some of the Chicagoland area’s brightest students.

Announcing Our 2018 HEAR Board of Directors


2018 brings change for the Board of Directors at the HEAR Foundation. Robert Wise steps down as HEAR President after a very successful two-year term, with Chris Eigel taking over from him. Joe Lamberti will remain as Vice President, and Mr. George Silca takes on the role of Secretary/Treasurer.

The HEAR Foundation also welcomes five new members to its Board of Directors – Mr. Bob Browne, Mrs Patti Kelly, Mr. Dave McCreery, Mr. Len Wislow and Mr. Justin Ziemba.

Each Board member plays a crucial role in ensuring the continuing success of the HEAR Foundation, taking on responsibilities within the different committees that make up our organization. More information on our board can be found in the “About” section of our website.

2018 HEAR Board of Directors

President – Chris Eigel
Vice President – Joe Lamberti
Secretary/Treasurer – George Silca
Bob Browne                   Dan Strzalka
Karoline Eigel                 James Weiss
Steve Hall                       Len Wislow
Patti Kelly                       Bob Wise
Dave McCreery              Jim Ziemba
Dr. Ray Pollina               Justin Ziemba
Michael Scott


Class of 2021 Announced!

Congratulations to our newest HEAR Scholars! 

HEAR Volunteer Day

HEAR volunteers spend a day bringing food relief to our communities.
The HEAR Class of 2021 at our Annual Awards Ceremony

We are delighted to announce our Class of 2021 HEAR Scholars

Please join us in congratulating these students as we celebrate their fantastic achievement….

Aileen Acosta from Trinity High School
Amanda Bardoshi from York Community High School
Gabriela Camacho from Roycemore High School
Brianna Dang from Lane Tech
Eden De Jesus from Waldorf High School
Gina Dudek from John F. Kennedy High School
Andrea Guzman from St. Ignatius High School
Andres Lagunas from Hubbard High School
Richard Mbouombouo from Latin School
Dennis McCarthy from St. Laurence High School
Lesley Mizhquiri from Nortshside Colle Prep
Nick Moran from Glenbrook South
Jason Rivera from Lane Tech
Lori Steffel from Glenbrook South
Claudia Szaflarski from Jones College Prep
Zuriel Trejo from Walter Payton High School

We had a great evening at our Annual Awards Ceremony at St. Ignatius College Prep on May 11th, where we celebrated the achievements of our new Class of 2021 HEAR Scholars. We also congratulated our graduating class of 2017!

Our new Scholars will be attending top universities throughout the United States, including Drake University, St. Edwards University, De Paul, Yale, Dartmouth College, Marquette, Boston College to name a few. The HEAR Class of 2021 is the largest yet for the HEAR Foundation. This class takes us past our goals of awarding over 50 scholarships and committing over $1 million to helping deserving students in financial need achieve their dream of a college education. We couldn’t be prouder!


Over $1,100,000 in scholarships granted since 2010.


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