Our Mission

The mission of the Warren W. "Billy" Cherry Scholarship, named in memory of a much loved and respected Evanston educator, is to perpetuate his total acceptance of all people, his commitment to the highest standards of educational excellence, and his energetic dedication to enriching the children and institutions of Evanston. The scholarship was established soon after Warren Cherry's untimely death in 1990.

     To learn more, please click here to watch the full-length, 27 minute video celebrating the Warren "Billy" Cherry legacy. Those who prefer to do so may also access individual chapters from this remarkable story:

Chairman's Corner

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, the Cherry Scholarship Fund looks back on a memorable year in 2013. One highlight was planting a new cherry tree at Lincoln School in memory of Warren “Billy” Cherry.
Over the past 20 years, we have made awards to more than 100 scholars. In the last six years alone, we have awarded more than $150,000. Our 20th annual Golf Outing netted $25,000. Thanks to co-chairs Bill Bridges, Jeff Doman, Joe Keitel, John Powell, Bob Reece and Bart Rocca, and to all the members of the Golf Committee. Thanks as well to our outstanding 20th Anniversary Benefit Committee for planning a spectacular evening of celebration at the Evanston Golf Club. You can read about the event in the special anniversary issue that accompanies this newsletter.
As always, I want to express my gratitude to the members of our extraordinary board, and to the growing community that supports our efforts. I invite you to attend our Award Dinner on April 27, 2014, and I hope you can make it to the next Golf Outing on June 28, 2014. Both events are always fun.
Finally, I would like to mention that during these challenging economic times we have expanded our outreach to part-time and graduate students. We need your help so we can continue investing in the education of our youth. I hope you will consider donating to the Cherry Scholarship Fund. It is important to note that several Cherry scholarship recipients are now teaching our future leaders—some of them right here in Evanston. Without the scholarship their dream might not have become a reality. Thank you in advance for your kind support.
Patty Cherry Reece