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Wally Luettschwager
Memorial Scholarship Grant

Mission  Statement

VFW Post 981 was established for the primary purpose of providing assistance to Veterans and Veteran Assistance Organizations.

Thanks to the generosity of  esteemed Post member Wally Luettschwager, a scholarship grant fund has been established in his honor to provide financial aid to veterans who pursue scholastic endeavors as well as those who pursue vocational goals through trade schools.

Wally was a life-long resident of Arlington Heights.  After serving in combat in The Korean War, he returned to Arlington Heights and became an active member of VFW Post 981, serving in a number of positions including Commander.  The success of the Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade is in no small way attributable to his efforts.  Today, it ranks as one of the largest and most successful parades in the suburban Chicago area.

The fund will bestow a scholarship grant up to $3,000 for Veterans, including the direct lineage of honorably discharged Veterans.  Active military and Reserve members are included in this description.  Preference will be given to those residents in the Northwest suburban Cook County and adjacent areas in Lake County, with additional consideration to those towns and villages served by VFW Post 981.

Prospective grantees must submit an application for consideration.  Application forms, with all the necessary directions, are available on the Post website.  Potential recipients will be evaluated on both merit and need based on a comprehensive evaluation process.  Those chosen as finalists must appear for a personal interview.

Applications for the upcoming year should be filed with our post not later than March 1 2020.  The grant award will be decided by May 1 2020, with an announcement shortly thereafter. 

Please refer to our website for any changes or additional information.  Preferential treatment will be not be made on the basis of  race, ethnicity, national origin or sexual orientation.  The Post reserves the right to modify or change the terms within the scholarship grant at any time.  Applicants are encouraged to review these terms from time to time on the Post website


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VFW Post 981 uses the facilities of AMVETS Post 66 located at 700 McHenry Road, Wheeling IL 60090.  Look
for VFW Sign under AMVETS Signs.  For directions see their facebook AMVETS Post 66  or call 847-537-0440.

   If you are interested in further information,

send an e-mail to vfwpost981@gmail.com  or mail us at P.O. Box 825, Arlington Heights, IL 60006.

Last Updated January 1 2020