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.

Tickets are on sale NOW for the 2019 Annual HEAR Fundraiser!

We are excited to officially invite you to the HEAR Foundation Holiday Fundraiser! Tickets can be purchased now through our dedicated fundraiser website. With a live band, cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction our event is sure to be the highlight of your holiday season, filling you with cheer and a feeling of well-being. 

Having surpassed our goal of awarding 100 scholarships by 2019, this year’s party will be especially celebratory. We hope you will come and celebrate with us at the Hilton Orrington in Evanston on Saturday, December 7th at 7pm. Even better – bring some friends along to the evening and celebrate with them too! If you would prefer to receive an invitation in the mail, please email fundraiser@hearfoundation.org.

We hope you can join us.

The 2020 HEAR Scholarship Application Cycle is now open.

 The deadline for submitting applications for our scholarship is Friday, January 31st, 2020.

We wish you the best of luck with your application.

If you have any questions, please email: info@hearfoundation.org.


The HEAR Scholarship Foundation is creating opportunity and changing lives for underserved Chicagoland high school seniors. Please take a moment to listen to our scholars tell their stories in their own words.

Meet the HEAR Scholar Class of 2023!

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

The HEAR Class of 2021 at our Annual Awards Ceremony

The HEAR Class of 2023 is our biggest yet, with 29 new scholars joining our program. We are delighted to welcome them into the HEAR Family of scholars and look forward to supporting them throughout their college careers. We are certain these 29 young men and women are destined for great things!

Angelique Acevedo, Kevin Alcantara, Johnny Brown, Anthony Burtley, Gabby Calderon, Mia Cinquini, Mearieta Clemente, Ikenna Elue, Kely Enriquez, Miguel Fernandez, Ines Garcia-Valdivia, Evan Garrett, Angelica Glogowski, Cathy Guan, Darius Johnson, Gurleen Kaur, Izabela Kwietniewski, Alyssa Matias, Tamara Mazets, Kiera McNeary, Kassidy Moy (not pictured), Anthony Navarette, Jenifer Nunez, Alexandra Ramirez, Marc Ridgell (not pictured), Andrea Salamanca, Aatika Shaikh, Alexandra Siek, Alondra Valezquez, Lucy Weaver.

Meet Our HEAR Class of 2019 Graduates!


2019 marks a major milestone for the HEAR Foundation. At our annual awards ceremony in May, we awarded our 100th HEAR Scholarship! As we consider how far the HEAR Foundation has come, we’d like to reflect on the graduates from our program. HEAR maintains a 100% college graduation rate to-date with 19 scholars successfully graduated from our scholarship program. We couldn’t be prouder and you should be too!


Meet the class of 2019 graduates:

Kelly Canoy

College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
Major: Kinesiology
High School: Fenwick
Having recently graduated, Kelly is now pursuing enrollment in graduate school to study for a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy.

Nick Coleman

College: Illinois Wesleyan University, IL
: Accounting
High School
: St. Patrick
After graduating Cum Laude in May, Nick started work at All State Insurance in Bloomington, IL where he is currently an Assistant Finance Analyst. He is also studying for his CPA exams.

Brianna Guzman

College: St. Louis University, MO
Major: BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Special Education
High School: St. Ignatius College Prep
Brianna graduated Magna Cum Laude. This fall, she will be commencing a doctorate at Rush University in Audiology.

Allison Ledwon

College: Northwestern University, IL
Major: BSJ in Journalism
High School: St. Ignatius College Prep
Allison graduated with a BSJ in Journalism, an Integrated Marketing Certificate and a Religious Studies minor. Currently working part-time at UIC’s Booth School of Business, Allison recently applied for a position at Northwestern University’s Alumni Services.

Jackie Morgan

College: Southern University and A&M College (graduates Dec. 2019) Major: Teaching High School: Kenwood Jackie recently passed her Teaching Certification in Louisiana and is currently finishing her student teaching requirements in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upon graduation, she will be going to basic training to be Military Police in the Army Reserves. After 20 weeks of training, Jackie plans to return to Louisiana and teach.

Juliana Tamayo

College: Loyola University, IL
Major: BA in International and Global Studies, a BA in Spanish and a minor in Women Studies and Gender Studies
High School: De La Salle Institute, Lourdes Campus
Juliana graduated with a double major. In the fall, she will be attending Loyola Graduate School as a recipient of the Attoh Diversity Fellowship, where she will be obtaining her master’s degree in Gender and Migration. She has also been working in the Division of Student Development at Loyola as a student assistant.

Sam Van Loon

College: Northwestern University, IL
Major: BS in Theatre with a concentration in lighting design.
High School: Chicago Laboratory Schools
Since graduation, Sam has been working as a freelance lighting director and with a Chicago photography company.

Deja Young

College: Hampton University, VA (graduates Summer 2020)
Major: Health Sciences
High School: St. Joseph
Deja is in a 5-year degree program at Hampton University. While she is a graduate of the HEAR Class of 2019, Deja will complete her degree in the summer of 2020.

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.

Desperately seeking Mentors!!

The HEAR Foundation is delighted to announce that in May 2019 we awarded 30 new college scholarships to high school graduates in financial need, who have shown perseverance and demonstrated academic excellence. Many of these students are first-generation college-goers in their family.

Did you know? Almost a third of first-generation students drop out of college in the first year. There are numerous reasons why this happens but often it is because they are overwhelmed by the journey ahead of them and they have no one to turn to for advice. The pressure of trying to succeed on their own is just too much.

The good news? The HEAR Foundation has assigned a mentor to each of our new HEAR Class of 2023 Scholars as they start to navigate their way on their new and exciting journey, helping them to succeed in college.

We are already beginning the search for mentors for our incoming HEAR Class of 2024. Please consider becoming a mentor for one of our future scholars and feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that you personally made a difference in someone’s life.

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor (or are ready to volunteer your services), and want to make a meaningful difference in a young person’s life – whilst at the same time no doubt enriching your own – please contact us at info@hearfoundation.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

This could be you at our next annual fundraiser. Matt is one of our most dedicated mentors. He supported Nick, a HEAR Class of 2019 scholar, throughout his four years of college.

Nick graduated in May 2019 from Illinois Wesleyan University having already accepted a full-time position at the organization where Matt helped him find an internship. Matt was a committed mentor during Nick’s four years at college, offering support and advice whenever Nick needed it. Without a doubt, Matt’s help and commitment made a difference in Nick’s life! Nick presented Matt with our “Volunteer of the Year” award at our 2019 HEAR Fundraiser as recognition for all he has done – thank you again Matt!

Class of 2023 Announced!

Congratulations to our newest HEAR Scholars! 

HEAR Volunteer Day

HEAR volunteers spend a day bringing food relief to our communities.


Over $1,500,000 in scholarships granted since 2010.


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