Des Plaines Park District

Financial Aid Scholarship Application

Dual Agency Financial Aid Scholarships

In collaboration, the Des Plaines Friends of the Parks Scholarship Fund & the Des Plaines Park District Scholarship Fund are offering dual agency financial aid scholarships to families with limited incomes residing within the Des Plaines Park District’s boundaries. Families who do not reside in the Park District boundaries but are enrolled in Community Consolidated School District 62, Maine West High School, or the City of Des Plaines boundaries are eligible for a Des Plaines Friends of the Parks Scholarship.

The Des Plaines Friends of the Parks Scholarship Fund and the Des Plaines Park District Scholarship Fund are dedicated to supporting the recreational opportunities available to our community.

Due to high demand, all scholarship funds for the 2024 cycle have been distributed. We encourage you to submit your application early next year to maximize your chances of being awarded a scholarship. Applications for scholarships will open again in January 2025.

Application Requirements

  1. Proof of residency and/or enrollment in District 62 or Maine West High School: Must attach proof of residency or school enrollment letter to application
  2. Annual Gross Income (Forms 1040 & 1099): Must attach a copy of your family’s most recent federal income tax return (1040) to application
  3. All Tax Forms (1040/1099) are required from all responsible parties including those who are married and filing separately.
  4. *If you cannot show documentation for proof of income you will be required to provide more information: Must attach a copy of a social agency or school referral letter to application. Application will be reviewed by a team from both agencies; timeline for approval/denial will be 4 weeks.

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711