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The 2014-2015 academic year scholarship application process has ended.
Applications will be accepted January 15 – April 15, 2015.
What is the Lithuanian Foundation?
The Lithuanian Foundation, Inc. is a registered Illinois not-for-profit foundation dedicated to preserving and fostering Lithuanian culture and traditions in the United States, Lithuania and Lithuanian communities worldwide.
Since its inception in 1962, the Lithuanian Foundation has advanced its goals by awarding $16,000,000 in grants and scholarships, along with a special, one-time capital fund disbursement of $1,354,462 to aid Lithuania’s educational and cultural institutions after the country declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.
The Foundation invests in new, innovative programs as well as established programs in the émigré community, with an eye to supporting those grant requests that collaborate with other programs to provide a synergistic benefit to the community. In striving to achieve these goals, the Foundation concentrates its giving in the following areas:
Education: The Foundation believes that education will ensure the continuity of the richness of our Lithuanian heritage. Therefore, we favor programs that contribute to the strengthening of our heritage school system as well as research that enriches the knowledge base for future generations.
Culture: The Foundation believes that the Lithuanian culture is the bond that unites us. Therefore, we favor projects that accentuate the vibrancy of the Lithuanian culture and invest in projects that create opportunities for cultural expression and a venue for broad participation.
Community: The Foundation believes that it indeed “takes a village”. Therefore we favor projects that unite and augment the community and invest in projects that create a vital means of partnership for those who value the Lithuanian heritage.
Youth: The Foundation believes that the future of the heritage rests in the hearts of our youngest members. Therefore we favor projects that instill a love of culture and a sense of community in the younger generation and consider it crucial to invest in the support of youth organizations, summer camps, artistic performances geared to younger audiences and the like.
The leadership of the Lithuanian Foundation warmly invites you to join the the growing Lithuanian Foundation family. Your membership and support will ensure the Lithuanian Foundation continues to fulfill its important mission for years to come.The Lithuanian Foundation’s members are people, groups, and organizations committed to the preservation of the Lithuanian language, culture and traditions inside and outside Lithuania’s borders. Through their contributions, LF Members have shown that collectively they can make a greater difference toward achieving this goal. Over the years the active participation and support of LF members have ensured the Foundation’s strength, growth and longevity.
The Lithuanian Foundation currently boasts over 7,700 memberships world wide. Anyone who makes a donation to the Lithuanian Foundation is eligible to become a member. Donations from $10 to under $100US qualify contributors for Candidate Membership. This membership automatically converts to Full Membership when the contribution totals or exceeds $100US. Full Membership entitles the member to one vote at the Annual Members’ Meeting. Each additional contribution of $100US entitles the member to one additional vote.