2019 Fike Scholarship

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The McHenry County Historical Society has established an annual $1,000 college scholarship to honor its former administrator, Nancy Fike. 

For more than 40 years, Fike demonstrated her love for McHenry County and its history. Her attention to education and historic accuracy can be observed in the programs, museum, research library, and buildings now owned and maintained by the Society.

The Nancy Fike Scholarship is presented each year to a graduating senior from a McHenry County high school who plans to study education, history or the social sciences.  The financial award will be given on behalf of the student to his or her chosen college or university.

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, provide two letters of recommendation as specified in the application, show proof of community service and write a minimum 500 word essay pertaining to McHenry County. Essay topics will be announced each year by the Society. This year's topic is:

World War I ended exactly 100 years ago this past November - at the 11th hour of the 11th day.  The impact of the Great War cannot be overestimated.  It resulted in the destruction of empires (Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary); caused "shell shock" in the soldiers; led to the military draft (Britain in 1916 and the U.S. in 1917); introduced new weapons of war (the airplane, tank, submarine, machine gun, and poison gas); contributed to anti-war protests, a woman’s right to vote, medical breakthroughs, and an influenza pandemic; and led to the rise of the United States as a great power.

Explore the legacy of WWI focusing on one - or more - of the aforementioned topics.  How did it impact the people of Illinois and McHenry County? How did it change us as a society? What lessons does the "war to end all wars," as President Wilson called it, hold for the future?

Submit your documents online, or download this PDF and mail your documents.

Other related subjects you may find helpful:

• The influenza pandemic of 1918

• Camp Grant in Rockford, IL

• Geneva Protocol of 1925

• Janette Rankin. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1917,  year later she opened debat on a suffrage amendment in the House.

Checklist and Application

INSTRUCTIONS:
The application packet must be complete and arranged in the order listed below. All original transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other required documents must be received by MCHS by April 8 in a single package. The application package must be stapled or paper clipped in the top left hand corner. Incomplete or nonconforming applications will not be considered.

ELIGIBILITY:
The Nancy Fike Scholarship is open to graduating seniors attending any McHenry County high school who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who plan on studying history, education or the social sciences. Children and grandchildren of MCHS Board members and staff are not eligible.

CHECKLIST:

[ ] Scholarship application

[ ] Essay of at least 500 words – Topic for 2019:

World War I ended exactly 100 years ago this past November - at the 11th hour of the 11th day.  The impact of the Great War cannot be overestimated.  It resulted in the destruction of empires (Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary); caused "shell shock" in the soldiers; led to the military draft (Britain in 1916 and the U.S. in 1917); introduced new weapons of war (the airplane, tank, submarine, machine gun, and poison gas); contributed to anti-war protests, a woman’s right to vote, medical breakthroughs, and an influenza pandemic; and led to the rise of the United States as a great power.
   
Explore the legacy of WWI focusing on one - or more - of the aforementioned topics.  How did it impact the people of Illinois and McHenry County? How did it change us as a society? What lessons does the "war to end all wars," as President Wilson called it, hold for the future?

Other related subjects you may find helpful:

• The influenza pandemic of 1918

• Camp Grant in Rockford, IL

• Geneva Protocol of 1925

• Janette Rankin. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1917,  year later she opened debat on a suffrage amendment in the House.

 

[ ] Original high school transcript

[ ] Letters of recommendation (at least two, one from a faculty member or administrator at the applicant’s school, and another from a community representative)

[ ] Documentation of community service and involvement

[ ] List of extra-curricular activities, honors received and scholastic achievements

 

AWARD PROCEDURES:

Applicants will be notified of the Society’s decision by May 1. The decision regarding the award is conditional until the applicant meets all the following requirements: The applicant must be accepted to a college or university by May 1, and notify MCHS where he or she will attend, as MCHS will pay the scholarship funds directly to the school on behalf of the scholarship winner. All applicants consent to the use of their name, image and story for MCHS press releases, presentations and other materials. All applicants further agree, should they be selected as the winner, to attend one MCHS board meeting for a presentation ceremony as well as to invite a MCHS representative for a presentation at their high school’s honors event. If the conditional scholarship winner does not fulfill the above requirements, MCHS reserves the right to award it to another worthy applicant.