Carl Sandburg High School Scholarship Program


The Andrew Family Foundation Scholarship was established at Carl Sandburg High School in 1998 to recognize an outstanding young man and young woman in the senior class. These students will be recognized leaders in scholastic, athletic, co-curricular, and civic endeavors. Most importantly, the recipients will be the students who served as role models for their high school peers and who will most likely continue to be role models during college and throughout their lives.

Ed and Edie Andrew's five children attended Carl Sandburg High School between 1972 and 1984. All five were active students and leaders during their high school years &endash; participating in athletics, music, student government and various other student activities. All earned undergraduate degrees from liberal arts institutions where they again accepted leadership roles and participated fully in college life. Members of the family also pursued graduate education and combined have earned three Masters Degrees and a PhD. The Andrew "children" and their spouses are now active in their respective communities. In addition, through the Andrew Family Foundation, they provide financial support to qualified organizations in the areas of education, human services, and arts and science, particularly for children.

While several family members now reside away from the Orland Park area, the Andrew family feels indebted to Carl Sandburg High School for its role in their lives and development. The Andrew Family Foundation wishes to encourage students to lead their peers in academic and civic achievement, and to reward them for doing so.

  • Two scholarships will be awarded - one to a young man and one to a young woman.
  • Each scholarship will be $24,000 total for four years of college with annual payments of $4,500 in the first year, $5,500 in the second year, $6,500 in the third year, and $7,500 in the fourth year. The recipients must maintain a 3.25 GPA and a full course load to receive funds in the second, third, and fourth years.
  • The scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, color, national origin, religious affiliation, or disability.

If awarded The Andrew Family Foundation Scholarship, the Scholarship will be paid each quarter, semester, or trimester directly to the College or University where you are enrolled. To continue receiving the Scholarship after the first year, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and must have the College or University send a transcript to The Andrew Family Foundation at the end of each grading period for verification. Furthermore, to assist us in evaluating the scholarship program, we may request an annual update regarding any extracurricular activities or accomplishments.

  • Earned a minimum 3.5 GPA through seven semesters of high school
  • Provide three written recommendations (see application for requirements)
  • Demonstrate acts of scholarship, leadership, citizenship and be a role model for peers
  • Possess the potential for excellence in college and life
  • Acceptance at an accredited 4-year college or university


Applications for the Andrew Family Foundation Scholarship program for the Carl Sandburg High School Class of 2019 are processed through our online system. Procedures for applying are as follows:

  1. Go to to review the scholarship information and guidelines.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click on the "START" button to take the online eligibility quiz. (Note: when you get to the first question, you will need to select "Scholarship" from the drop down menu, then hit "NEXT" to answer the rest of the questions.)
  3. If you pass the eligibility quiz, you will be asked to enter the names and contact information for the individuals who have agreed to give you a letter of recommendation including: 1) a CSHS teacher; 2) an adult that has supervised you in an extra-curricular or community service activity; and 3) a non-CSHS adult individual.
  4. Within one business day, you will receive a link to the online scholarship application form and your recommenders will each receive a link to submit an online recommendation. Please note: you will NOT have access to the online application until you have submitted the names and contact information of your recommenders.
    1. It is strongly recommend that submissions be made through our online system. However, we understand that some of your recommender(s) may be unable or unwilling to utilize the online system. Accordingly, we provide the option of submitting a hard copy. However, it is YOUR responsibility to print the hard copy form from the website and to provide it to the recommender(s) for completion.
    2. Additionally, it is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they submit their recommendations by the due date. Any applicants with missing or incomplete data will not be considered.
  5. The online application and online letters of recommendation are due by 11:00pm CT on Friday, March 15th, 2019. Hard copy letters of recommendation are due to Mr. Moran by 3:15pm CT on Friday, March 15th, 2019. We suggest that you give your recommenders as much time as possible to complete their recommendations for you. Foundation Support Technical Support will be available ONLY Monday through Friday 9am-5pm Eastern Time. We encourage you to submit your application prior to the deadline to avoid any technical problems. Please be advised that technical problems will not be accepted as a valid excuse for missing the deadline.
  6. The Selection Committee will conduct interviews with the finalists on Friday, April 19th, 2019. The interviews will be conducted from 5:00pm-10:00pm at the Andrew Family Foundation Office. (14628 John Humphrey Dr, Orland Park)
  7. The winners of the scholarship will be announced at Honor Night on April 30th, 2019.

Once you receive your ONLINE application, you will be required to provide the following information:

  1. Personal Facts:
    1. Name, Address, and Gender
    2. Cumulative GPA for 7 semesters & Community Service Hours
    3. Please list no more than 10 co-curricular activities you participated in during your years at CSHS (include community activities or other groups outside of CSHS)
    4. List offices or elected positions held (e.g., team captain, club president)
    5. List awards or honors you received during your high school years
    6. What College or University do you plan to attend? Why?
    7. What do you hope to be doing after completing your undergraduate degree?
  2. Essay Questions (limited to 1,500 characters)
    1. Please describe your life's role model(s) and why you admire them
    2. Please tell of a significant disappointment you have faced in life and what you learned from it.
    3. Please describe the qualities of a good leader and name one person who best exhibits those qualities.
    4. Please describe the one thing or activity you are most passionate about.

Please be advised, ONLY online applications will be accepted. The questions above are provided for your convenience. We will NOT accept hard copy applications.

Good luck and thank you for your interest in the Andrew Family Foundation Scholarship Program!