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Molly Lenora Yacko Memorial Scholarship

Molly Lenora Yacko Memorial Scholarship

The Molly Lenora Yacko Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Molly Lenora Yacko by her caring cousin and fierce advocate for change, Emily Yacko Hardee. 

Funding for this Scholarship is provided by your generous donations and the proceeds of the annual Run Today for Tomorrow event.

It is our honor to bring this beautiful video to you. Emily‘s strength and purpose in creating it is to share her vital message that “tomorrow needs you here to see it”.

Watch the video here

Here’s how you can help:

  • Every year, consider participating. Please visit Run Today for Tomorrow Online Donations ( to participate, sponsor or donate.

  • Every day, consider a donation. Proceeds will go toward making a positive impact on mental health resources. Grants are made to local mental health organizations AND the Molly Lenora Yacko Memorial Scholarship is awarded to assist college students pursuing a career in the mental health field.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Resident of LaSalle County, Illinois

  • Must be a student currently enrolled as a junior or senior in a four-year college or university degree program for the following academic year in pursuit of a degree in the mental health field of study.

  • Has demonstrated the following attributes:

  • Positive attitude; encourages others; charitable

  • Hard working; compassionate; high moral character

  • Role model to underclassman

Applicant must respond to essay questions addressing why he/she wants to work in the field of mental health, and what makes him/her a good “fit” for such a career? What are the current plans for employment and a dedicated career in mental health services?

Applicant must include two (2) letters of recommendation from current educators or employers who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a mental health career.

With your help, we will continue to make a positive impact on the availability of quality mental health resources in our community.

Committed to you and your future.

Community foundations exist to meet the philanthropic needs of the community and the philanthropic desires of local donors. When we connect those two, wonderful things happen to enhance the quality of life for all of us.​

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