McHenry County Republican Women’s Club offers $1,000 college scholarships

Students must be McHenry County residents, be attending a college or university in fall to qualify

The McHenry County Republican Women’s Club is accepting applications for its annual Al Jourdan and Geri Davis memorial scholarships, according to a news release.

Applications are due no later than March 31 and are available in high school guidance offices or on the McHenry County Republican Women’s Club Facebook page.

To qualify for the either scholarship, students must live in McHenry County and be attending a college or university in the fall. High school seniors, current college students and post-high school adults attending colleges the fall can apply.

The scholarships were named for two people who served the McHenry County Republican Party and the community in various capacities.

Al Jourdan served as McHenry County auditor, chairman of the McHenry County Republican Party, and the head of the state of Illinois Republican Party. He also sat on the Regional Transportation Authority’s board.

Jourdan was the first inductee to the McHenry County Republican Foundation’s Hall of Fame. He was an active member of the Johnsburg Community Club and a former member of the Johnsburg Kiwanis Club.

Geri Davis served as executive director of the McHenry County Republican Party. She also worked as a congressional aide to Phil Crane and as a senatorial aide to Dick Klemm and Pam Althoff. She founded the McHenry County Republican Women’s Club and served as president until her death.

Davis received the Catholic Woman of Inspiration Award and was an active parishioner at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in McHenry.