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Foundation seeking student applicants for 'Horizon' grants

10/17/2014, 12:26 p.m.
Five grants of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to fund summer learning experiences for District 202 juniors.

Plainfield School District 202 provided this news release:

The Plainfield Foundation for Excellence will again help District 202 high school juniors to broaden their academic horizons through its third annual Horizon Grant program.

The Foundation will award up to five Horizon Grants worth up to $1,000 each to help current high school juniors to defray the cost of a summer extended learning experience.

The grants are available to students from all four District 202 high schools and Plainfield Academy, the district’s alternative high school.

Horizon Grant applications are due April 17, 2015. Winners will be announced by May 4, 2015. Applications are available in each high school’s guidance office, and on the Foundation for Excellence web site (www.d202foundation.org) under “Programs.”

The Foundation introduced the Horizon Grants in 2012 as its latest effort to support academic innovation for District 202 students.

Last summer, seven high school juniors took part in enriching learning experiences because of the Horizon Grant.

These students traveled to Rhode Island, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and to various locations in Illinois for summer study opportunities in their fields of interest.

“The Horizon Grants exemplify the Foundation for Excellence mission to help District 202 students learn and grow,” said Foundation Chairperson Margie Bonuchi.

“We are proud to provide this avenue to our students and excited to see how they will take advantage of this opportunity,” Bonuchi said.

The Foundation for Excellence over the last 31 years has raised and contributed nearly $400,000 to support District 202 students and staff in the form of grants, scholarships and special funding.

The Foundation has also supported special programs including a District Art Gallery, the Great Read community reading program and the 1847 Schoolhouse Restoration.

The Foundation for Excellence has shifted its focus toward district-wide initiatives as District 202 has grown to include 30 schools and nearly 28,000 students.

More information about the Foundation for Excellence and the Horizon Grant is available on the foundation web site at www.d202foundation.orghttp://www.d202foundation.org.