Please submit your application (below) between March 3 and April 7.

What is the Chamber Young Entrepreneur Scholarship?

The Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce awards a $1,000 scholarship towards post-secondary education every year to one or more high school seniors residing in Oak Park or River Forest.

Applicants must be residents of Oak Park or River Forest who will graduate high school this year and pursue post-secondary education in the fall.  The application includes an essay and a letter of recomendation. 
Applications will be accepted between March 3 and April 7. 

 Applicants must use the form below to apply and submit the essay portion of the  application by midnight, central time April 7.  Applicants must also submit a letter or recommendation from an adult who can speak to the applicant's qualifications.  Letters of recommendation must be emailed by midnight, central time on April 7.

Applicants will receive an email within 24 hours to confirm that we received your application and lette of recommendation.  The Chamber Scholarship Committee will review all applications and make decisions by April 30.

Please consider making a donation to the Chamber Scholarship Fund.  100% of your donation will go directly to the students.

To apply for the Chamber Young Entrepreneur Scholarship, please fill out the form below and submit between March 3 and April 7.  You also must have an adult email a personal letter of recommendation to us at on or before April 7.



Instructions: Please fill out the following information about yourself and submit a 500-1000 word essay. This is an anonymous evaluation process and we will remove all identifying information before forwarding your essay to the Scholarship Committee. Please try not to give information in your essay that might identify you or your family to the Committee. Please limit your responses to what you can fit in this form. The committee will only review what is contained in this application. We will not accept supplementary information. Remember to submit your application using this e-form before midnight, central time, April 7. Have the person recommending you send in the letter or recommendation by April 7 via email to The winner will be notified by April 30.

OPRF Chamber Scholarship Application
Street Address
High School

Reference Name
Reference Email
Please give us the name and contact information of the adult who will be submitting your letter of recommendation. The letter must be received by April 7 via email to

Please submit an essay between500 and 1000 words in length describing your entrepreneurial experience. "Entrepreneurial" can include starting a business, raising capital for a cause, assisting in the creation or expansion of an existing business, etc.

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You should receive an email confirmation if your application is received in our office. If you do not receive an email saying that we received the application, please try and resubmit.