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Michael H. Coleman Youth of the Year Award

Named after Michael H. Coleman, a young Hanover Park resident who passed away in 2011, this scholarship program is designed to recognize and encourage excellence in the young people of Hanover Park.  Students are judged on academic initiative, career initiative, leadership initiative and community initiative.  Each year, a high school senior is selected as the Hanover Park "Youth of the Year."

Below is the brochure and application for the 2016-2017 Michael H. Coleman Youth of the Year Scholarship.  The application deadline has now passed. Watch our website later this year for the 2017-2018 application for the Class of 2018.

  Youth Of The Year Application


deadline was 12/2/16.
The Youth of the Year Scholarship was established by the Village of Hanover Park to honor and recognize the contributions of graduating high school students who reside in Hanover Park. 

Each year, Hanover Park high school seniors are invited to participate in this program.  Although considered, academics are secondary to the student’s involvement in serving the Hanover Park community. 

The Village knows there are several ways in which youth are involved in improving both themselves and the Village of Hanover Park and acknowledge those achievements by awarding a $1,000 Scholarship and three $500 runner up scholarships. 

To apply, send in the completed application form and a one-page essay sharing with us how you have been involved in improving both yourself and the Village of Hanover Park.


Academic Initiative:  Student's initiative to excel academically through GPA, course load, AP/Honor Roll classes, etc.

Career Initiative:  Student's initiative towards career goals.

Leadership Initiative:  Student's initiative towards taking responsibility to take charge on projects or leadership roles.

Community Initiative:  Student's initiative towards having a direct impact to the Village of Hanover Park.

Letter of recommendation  

Include one letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, employer, etc.  The letter may not be submitted by family members

To qualify

The student must...

  • be a resident of the Village of Hanover Park.
  • be a member of the graduating class of 2017.
  • plan to continue their education at a university, community college, or technical school.

Return the completed application, essay and letter of recommendation to:

Village of Hanover Park
Youth of the Year Scholarship
Attn:  Sue Krauser
2121 Lake Street
Hanover Park, IL 60133

The application deadline has passed.