The Kiwanis Club of Forest Park launched the Andy Collis Scholarship on Oct. 23, after receiving an anonymous donation from a local businessman. 

The $6,000 award will be open to any high school senior who lives in Forest Park. Scholarship applications will be available in mid-November and award winners will be announced in January 2019. Email for an application. 

The award is intended to recognize students’ academic performance, as well as their community service work. It was named after the late Andy Collis, a longtime Kiwanian, school bus driver, village treasurer and much more. Collis died in July at age 86.  

“When our friend Andy passed, we wanted to find a way to honor him that would live on for years. We could not think of a better way than to help the children of Forest Park, and this scholarship award will do just that,” said Chris Harris, chairman of Kiwanis and committee chair of the Andy Collis Scholarship, in a statement. “We cannot thank the donor enough for coming to us and offering his generosity to get this off the ground and help the families of Forest Park.”

The unnamed local businessman will provide at least $6,000 for the award annually. He will also work with Kiwanis to seek additional donations each year. Donations can be made to the Kiwanis Club of Forest Park Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 514, Forest Park, IL 60130. Please note ‘Andy Collis Scholarship’ in donations. Kiwanis will act as the sole administrator of the scholarship.

Nona Tepper 

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