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, as the world copes with a new pandemic, focuses on constrasting one of two similarly challenging health crisises of the past – the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic or the polio virus attack that peaked in the early 1950s – with our fight against COVID 19.
All have left devastated families in their wake.
Submit your documents online, or download this PDF and mail your documents.
• McHenry County Historical Society newspaper archive and research library (by appointment only).
• Health agencies: McHenry County Department of Health, Illinois Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization.
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