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 2019 HEAR Scholarship Application Cycle is now open.

 The deadline for submitting applications for our scholarship is Thursday, February 15th, 2019.

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.

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.

The HEAR Foundation is seeking Mentors to help support our new class of 2022 Scholars.

On May 8th 2018, The HEAR Foundation officially awarding 25 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. You can help them navigate through their new and exciting journey!

In order to support these scholars we are focussing attention on recruiting mentors for the HEAR Class of 2022.

If you, or anyone you know, is 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 our Director of Mentoring, Melissa Vela at: mentoring@hearfoundation.org.

The HEAR Class of 2021 at our Annual Awards Ceremony

The HEAR Class of 2022 is our biggest yet, with 25 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 25 young men and women are destined for great things!

Meet the HEAR Scholar Class of 2022!

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

Salma Barhoumeh from Lane Tech High School
Eric Brzeski from Lane Tech High School
Nick Caputo from Guerin College Prep
Rose Carroll from Chicago High School for Agricultural Studies
Brianna Davis from Morgan Park High School
Tara Deane from Lane Tech High School
Jean Dorelus from Evanston Township High Schjool
Eric Filipiak from Glenbrook South High School
CJ Foronda from Glenbrook South High School
Moria Hand from Loyola Academy, Wilmette
Shagufta Khatoon from Chicago Math and Science Academy
Oliwia Lakomy from Lane Tech High School
Nicola Maimon from Neuqua Valley High School
Jacqueline Mendoza from Taft High School
Vanessa Nieto fromSt. Ignatius College Prep
Justin Pita from Latin School of Chicago
Richard Rivera from Loyola Academy, Wilmette
Taylor Smith from Trinity High School
Kress Stewart from Walter Payton College Prep
Caitlin Strickland from Evanston Township High School
Ellery Therriault from Northside College Prep
Aniyah Travis from Kenwood High School
Daisy Trujillo from Northside College Prep
Annie Zhou from Walter Payton College Prep
Melanie Zuniga from Resurrection College Prep

Our Annual Awards Ceremony at St. Ignatius College Prep on May 8th was very successful . We welcomed our newest class of HEAR Scholars into the HEAR Family and celebrated our graduating HEAR Class of 2017.

Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Toinette McClellan Gunn (Vice President of Programs at Chicago Scholars), was on point and resonated with our past, present and future scholars as she shared her own story of how she persevered throughout her years as a student both at high school and through college. Despite many barriers Dr. Gunn, herself a first-generation college goer, understood how important education is to a successful future. We are incredibly grateful to her for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to our scholars.

Class of 2022 Announced!

Congratulations to our newest HEAR Scholars! 

HEAR Volunteer Day

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

Announcing Our 2019 HEAR Board of Directors


2019 brings change for the Board of Directors at the HEAR Foundation. Chris Eigel, Joe Lamberti and George Silca remain in their positions but we are delighted to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors – Greg Cadichon and Michael Spaniak.

Both Greg and Michael have been involved with the HEAR Foundation for a number of years and we are thrilled that they have agreed to become officially involved by joining our board.

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.

2019 HEAR Board of Directors

President – Chris Eigel
Vice President – Joe Lamberti
Secretary/Treasurer – George Silca
Bob Browne                   Michael Spaniak
Greg Cadichon              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



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


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