The Peter J. Herchenbach Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Peter J. Herchenbach Memorial Scholarship Fund is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that helps high school students that are fighting cancer or other life threatening diseases. We offer $5,000 college scholarships that support anyone whose high school experience is being overshadowed by their disease. We want to help these gallantly fighting young adults by investing in their college education.


The selection criteria

An Illinois high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior accepted to an accredited institution of high learning (may be part-time student due to medical restraints).

Diagnosed with cancer or other life threatening disease (may be in remission).

24 years old or younger at time of annual application.

Application deadline is May 20th to allow award announcements by May 31st .

Decision made without regard to gender, race, academic record, or socio-economic status.


Special consideration is given to applicants known for their outgoing “will win” attitude despite being physically compromised by their disease.




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