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Stan Bond Memorial Scholarship

The Western Kane County Republican Organization is offering its third annual scholarship in honor of former chairman Stan Bond who passed away in 2019. Bond was a long-time Sugar Grove Precinct Committeeman, a Montgomery Village Trustee, and the State Central Committeeman for the 14th Congressional District, and was engaged in his community in many ways.

The 2022 scholarship will be awarded based on a 500-word essay.  This year's topic is The U.S. Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In March 2020, the world realized we were faced with a global pandemic in the COVID-19 virus. Consider the response of the United States government and the State of Illinois. Schools, churches, businesses and more were ordered to be closed. Masks were mandatory, and social distancing, quarantining, and contact tracing were required. When a new type of vaccine (mRNA) was quickly developed for COVID-19, many Americans were required to obtain a number of doses—or submit to weekly testing—or they would lose their jobs. Colleges required students to get the COVID-19 shots to return to campus. "Vaccine passports" were required to enter certain places. Some questioned the safety of this new type of vaccine. Over time, it was found that people who got the vaccine could still contract and spread the virus. New variants of the virus emerged. What do you think? Are COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions constitutional?  Is there a difference between mask mandates and vaccine mandates?  What happens when public health/safety might be at odds with personal liberty? Please share your thoughts and experiences.


Deadline: Submissions must be received by June 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM.


The scholarship is open to high school and college students residing in the Western Townships of Hampshire, Rutland, Burlington, Plato, Virgil, Kaneville, Blackberry, Big Rock, and Sugar Grove. The $500 scholarship will be awarded based on a 500-word essay. This year's topic is The U.S. Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


The essays will be anonymously screened and the final decision will be made by Mrs. Marion Bond, Stan's wife. The student must have plans to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college or private high school for the 2022–23 academic year. Funds will be distributed directly to the school.

How to Apply

• Download the scholarship application.

• Write a 500-word essay on the topic described in the application. 

• Submit materials to or to Western Kane County Republican
  Organization, Attn: Scholarship Committee, PO Box 782, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

The winner will be notified in July. Funds will be distributed directly to the winner’s school.

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