Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Fund

Our Proud Past. Their Strong Future.

Distinguished Alumni

Since 1967, Harper College has been making a difference in the community and transforming lives. In 2017 Harper Distinguished Alumni launched the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Fund to support future students.

Many of our Distinguished Alumni benefitted from scholarships while they attended Harper. Because others believed in them, they strived for excellence. Now, this group is joining forces to help others have the same opportunity for success.


The second Distinguished Alumni Scholarship has been awarded to Leslie Walter. Leslie is pursuing a degree in Nursing. She balances school with raising her son and working part time. Leslie dreams of eventually becoming a mental health nurse practitioner. Thanks to the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship, Leslie is a step closer to realizing her dreams.

"When I begin my career, I will approach my work with the knowledge that mental health is inseparable from our total health. I believe it’s an important part of all nursing. After completing the RN program my goal is to continue on as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner."

 -Leslie Walter, 2019 Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Recipient

The award selection was made by a committee of Distinguished Alumni including Larry Moats, Rich Parlier, Shannon Plate, Jake Sadoff, Peter Soby, Mike Terson, and Laurie Turpin-Soderholm.

For more information on the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship, please contact Shannon Hynes at 847-925-6701 or shynes@harpercollege.edu.

Investing in a Strong Future

Scholarships show students that their dreams and goals matter and that others want to invest in their future. After graduation, the students you help support will become our society’s next generation of entrepreneurs, scholars, change makers and global citizens.

Your contribution to the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Fund serves a dual purpose — by bettering an individual life, you better the world.


Learn more about our Distinguished Alumni and about investing in students at Harper College

"Being a Distinguished Alumna is an honor that I cherish, and I know that I'm not alone."
Shannon Plate

Last Updated: 8/19/21