Shannon E. Collins Foundation

Shannon E. Collins Foundation

2024-2025 Scholarship Information

Shannon CollinsHer time on this earth may have been short, but the impact Shannon Collins made on her family, friends and community is everlasting.  The BL Duke Family was blessed to have had her as a member of the team for seven years.  BL Duke’s core values were modeled based on Shannon’s passion, determination, and commitment to the team.  She had a contagious passion for life and the Shannon E. Collins Foundation was formed to pay Shannon’s many contributions forward and keep her light shining.   To learn more about the impact Shannon had on BL Duke, our growth and team culture visit a Tribute to Shannon E. Collins.

The goal of the SECF is to assist individuals with the cost associated with attending a private high school, trade schools or university.  The assistance is provided through scholarships.   To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in private high school, trade school or a four-year university.  The applicant must also be a full-time employee of BLD, or have a parent, stepparent or grandparent that is a full-time employee of BLD. Previous applicants and/or recipients of the SECF are welcome to reapply.

Shannon in Boots

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the SECF Board of Directors solely based on merit and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender of the applicant. Individuals must submit all required forms and related materials on or before June 1, 2024 to be considered.

The quantity and amount of the scholarships will vary per academic year. The amount and quantity of the scholarship will be determined by the Board of Directors of the SECF.

Family and friends of Shannon have raised donated $2,500 to this years scholarship fund.

For the 2024 – 2025 school year two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded on August 2, 2024.


  • A student planning to attend a private high school, trade school or university in the Fall of 2024.
  • Student must have a parent, stepparent or grandparent that is a full time employee of BLD.
  • Previous applicants and/or recipients of the SECF are ELIGIBLE AND ENCOURAGED to reapply.


  • ApplicationDue June 1, 2024
  • Essay
  • Copy of transcript

Please send applications to:

Kaitlyn Evoy
Shannon E. Collins Foundation, Board of Directors
6470 Canal Bank Road
Forest View, Illinois 60613
[email protected]

For questions and more information contact :

Belinda Nunez
[email protected]