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    State Representative Douglas Hoeft was known for his wry sense of humor, but when he talked about education, his colleagues respected his opinion above all others.  Representative Hoeft began serving in the Illinois legislature in 1993 but, prior to this, he was a history teacher at Elgin High School and the Kane County Schools Regional Superintendent.

    Despite a long and celebrated career in elected office, Doug was a teacher first and foremost. He taught someone something every day. Most of all, he taught us that you can turn a past of “I can’t,” into a future of “I can!”

    Doug faced any challenge he encountered head-on. When he struggled as a student in elementary school, he found ways to study and learn to overcome a reading disability. He eventually earned his doctorate in education, proving that you can accomplish anything through education.

    The Scholarship

    The Douglas Hoeft Scholarship was established in 2003 after the untimely passing of State Representative Douglas Hoeft. 

    Rep. Hoeft had just won his 8th term of office when he died.  The money left in his campaign fund was used to establish this scholarship to help graduating seniors go to college. He always believed that education was the key to success, especially for students facing the biggest challenges. Since that time, more than 80 students have received this scholarship to help fund their educations.

    The Douglas Hoeft Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school seniors who have faced challenges in their lives.  Scholarships are not necessarily given to the student with the best GPA or community service record, rather to students who have faced challenges and have overcome them.  

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    Applicants must be School District U-46 seniors, entering their first year of a vocational/technical program or an institution of higher education. 

    Annual scholarship awards could vary in amount and number according to the investment earnings and the number of qualified scholarship applicants.


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