Since 2011, we have successfully funded 42 scholarships for Illinois military families, and provided over 1,000 backpacks to deserving military children. Our scholarships range from $1,000-$10,000. With your help we will double our funding again in 2013.
Our Work Continues…The Illinois Patriot Education Fund 501c(3) provides financial assistance to support the educational journey for Illinois military service men and women who have given their lives or become disabled in service to our country and their families. We encompass early education (K-12) through advanced, collegiate educational needs. We also support the education of active duty members, their spouses, and their children over and above the benefits provided by the Post-911 GI Bill.
In expanding our reach to early educational needs, the goal is to ensure the children of Illinois service men and women have access to the school supplies and materials; programs; and schools to prepare them for vocational careers and college. IPEF assistance could include school supplies and materials; professional tutoring programs, funding to help offset charter school costs, and scholarships. Educational support for our Illinois service men, women, and families is our Mission.
Our efforts are focused on the belief that we can all make a difference – right here in Illinois. We believe we can have a greater impact by making certain your donations are re-invested locally and encouraging a strong grass roots effort to ensure that Illinois military families are able to successfully transition into civilian life. Our scholarship partners include: Operation Homefront, Pat Tillman Foundation, Fishers House Foundation, and Student Veterans of America. Each has agreed to allocate 100% of your donations to our Illinois military families’ educational pursuits.
Over the past eleven years of combat operations in our Nation’s ongoing War on Terrorism, hundreds of Illinois military families have suffered the loss or disability of a loved one in service to our country. Government programs, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, offer only limited educational benefits to service members’ spouses and dependents. This lack of educational opportunity translates into fewer opportunities for our military families and creates an unreasonable, and what should be an unnecessary, financial burden.
The gap created by the minimal assistance offered through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and what the military families can provide on their own is startling. Illinois Patriot Education Fund not only helps to bridge that gap in order to ensure all Illinois military families have access to the educational opportunities that prepare them for success in their post-service lives, but also to draw attention to the problem in order to effect change.
We Need Your Help…Our mission field is simple: it is your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and Illinois corporations. In the last eleven years, everyone has been touched by the sacrifices made by military families who hail from Illinois. It is time for each and every one of us to return the favor. It is our responsibility to respect and assist those who answered the call of duty on our behalf. We can do so in a meaningful way by supporting the educational aspirations of our service men and women and those of our Illinois families.
Service to Country should never be taken for granted. Help us ensure that our message reaches every street corner in Illinois. Get involved today and make a difference.
With sincere gratitude,
Founder & Executive Director
Please click on DONATE button to support our military through the Illinois Patriot Education Fund
Or you can write a check to:
Illinois Patriot Education Fund
4064 N. Lincoln Avenue, Suite 436
Chicago, IL 60618
The Illinois Patriot Education Fund 501c(3) Tax ID number is 80-0681047