In an equitable society, everyone, regardless of the circumstance of birth or upbringing, is treated justly and fairly by its institutions and systems. The mission of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is to unite community members to mobilize resources to advance a racially just society and equitable outcomes for residents of Oak Park, River Forest and surrounding communities. The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarships.
Catherine Devereux Brandstrader's grandchildren established this scholarship to honor their grandmother who raised eight children with her husband Frederick in Oak Park. All three sons attended college, but the family did not have the funds to send their daughters. Applicants must be a female graduating senior from Oak Park and River Forest, Fenwick or Trinity High Schools and who is also from a large family.