The Foundation for Focus House and Community Programming announces two scholarship opportunities for Ogle County youth. The winners will be awarded at the Ogle County Juvenile Justice Council Meeting at Nash in Oregon.
The F. Lawrence Lenz Scholarship Fund was established in April, 2003 by his family following his death. As an Ogle County Circuit Judge, Judge Lenz elected to be the juvenile court Judge. In his capacity as juvenile Judge, he was one of the instrumental supporters of the opening of Focus House in 1975. From the bench he believed in the value of having community based programs and was an advocate of Focus House until his death. The F. Lawrence Lenz Scholarship will be $250.
The LaVerne Adams Scholarship Fund was established in May of 2002 following Mr. Adam’s death. A long time resident of Ogle County, Mr. Adams sat on the Ogle County Board from 1972 until 2002. At the time Focus House was established in 1975, Mr. Adams was appointed and served as the chairperson of the county committee that oversaw the operation of the program. His family started the scholarship in LaVerne’s name due to his commitment to the youth of Ogle County and the Focus House program. The LaVerne Adams Scholarship will be $500.
Applicants must be Ogle County residents that are graduating from high school or already enrolled or attending a post secondary institution. The scholarships focus on positive impact or personal growth that the applicants have made in their lives or in their community. A priority is given to past Focus House residents, former probationary clients, youth that have had police contact or youth that are studying criminal justice, but all students are welcome and encouraged to apply. Past recipients have enrolled in a variety of educational programs including: 4 year college, 2 year community college, CDL training, CNA training, and other vocational programs. No program is too big or too small to be considered.