Picture of Katrina Smith

Katrina Smith Memorial Scholarship

To provide educational resources to northern Illinois students who have lost a parent or step-parent.

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Based on the background and history of this scholarship, why are you the best candidate for this scholarship? Please discuss how loss has impacted you and your future plans.


Applicant must:

- Have a permanent address in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago County;
- Have experienced the death of a parent or step-parent before they graduated from high school.


To honor the life and memory of Katrina Smith. 

Katrina was a happy, kind, generous, loving person. She loved exploring the world around us. She sought fun in everything she did, and she never took herself too seriously. We miss her every day. She spent her life giving back to the world, so we created this scholarship to make a lasting positive impact in her memory.

In November 2022, CFNIL filmed a Good Day Stateline segment with guest Sydnie Smith, a CFNIL scholarship recipient who has recently established the Katrina Smith Memorial Scholarship. Sydnie seeks to honor the memory of her stepmom, Katrina, and to provide resources for other local students who have lost a parent or step-parent.