Entrepreneurial Scholarships

NWILED John D. Cooke, III Memorial Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Since 2018 NWILED has offered the annual entrepreneurial scholarship. On December 8, 2021, the NWILED Board of Directors unanimously voted to rename the annual scholarship in honor and remembrance of the late John D Cooke III who was a founding member of the organization. We are pleased to announce that the application window for the NWILED John D. Cooke, III Memorial Entrepreneurial Scholarship is now open. All high school seniors in Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties are eligible to apply.

This year NWILED will offer a total of three scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are entrepreneurial and want to start a business or pursue a career in business. There is one (1) $2,000 first place award and two (2) $1,500 runners up awards. Awardees will also be invited to NWILED's annual banquet in the fall. Recipients shall be full-time students in good academic standing in the qualifying school year (2021 - 2022). This is not a need-based scholarship. Scholarships can be used for start-up costs related to launching a business and or advancing a career in business through education and training.
Completed applications and or questions should be sent to David Schmit, Program Coordinator: DSchmit@nwiled.org or 1 Commercial Drive, Ste. 2. Hanover, IL 61041 by Friday, March 18, 2022. Winners will be announced in May.
Past winners have included students connected to Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe in Elizabeth, and Davis Lumber Company in Scales Mound, in addition to a student from Savanna that proposed a sign language business, and a student from the Galena Territory who is developing a hand-crafted artisan doll line.

2022 Materials: 

Application Form
John D. Cooke, III Biography