Instructions and Description

2015 Dring Language Fellowship Oak Park River Forest High School Enrichment Grant


The Dring Language Fellowship will provide up to $2500 to assist one or more recipients for an international travel experience for the purpose of improving or perfecting foreign language skills.

In order to emphasize language improvement, an individual intense or immersion experience is foreseen. There is no specific minimum length of program, but very short trips having little impact on language improvement will be discouraged. The plan may be part of an organized program, but not a group trip. (We feel that on a group trip, participants would tend to speak with one another in English.) Priority will be given to students who are able to demonstrate financial need; however, all students are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility for a Dring Language Fellowship is limited to current students or graduates of OPRFHS.  Award decisions will be made by the donors and a committee of persons from the community. Names of committee members will not be released.

Upon completion of the Fellowship, recipients will be expected to submit a written report, and to demonstrate an improvement in foreign language skills.


Application Information

A completed Fellowship application will consist of the completed Application Form and any voluntary additional information.  Please give all information in full.


You may also wish to contact Susan Johnson, Director of Student Activities, sjohnson@oprfhs.org 708-434-3174, for additional information and assistance. She can be found in the Student Activity Center (Room 174).

An on-line application form is available on this website…Click here to fill out this form.

Additional Information

Visit the Dring Language Fellowship at https://dringfellowship.wordpress.com/ for more information, tips for applicants and a history of previous grants.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is shown on the sidebar of our home page. No changes or modifications will be permitted after the deadline.

Award decisions will be made within a week or two after the deadline. Winners will be contacted directly. Winners names will be posted on the website.

Optional Attachments:

  • Teacher or other reference letters are allowed.
  • Parental letters of support are allowed.
  • Links to websites are allowed, but other material should be included, only if it directly applies to the program.
  • Transcripts of grades are allowed but not required.


  • Upon review of applications, a personal interview may be required.
  • If for any reason, the program of study is not completed, all funds must be returned.
  • If the applicant’s program of study includes participation in a language school or any other organized program, proof of acceptance into that program will be required before funding is dispersed.
  • The Fellowship does not fund school tours or group trips.
  • The Fellowship does not fund programs which have been completed or are in progress.
  • Receipts are not required.
  • Recipients under the age of 21 will be required to submit a signed letter of parental consent.
  • Any taxes must be paid by the recipient.
  • Recipient will be required to prove completion of program or otherwise provide accountability.

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