Friends of Lake Villa District Library Award 2024 Scholarships

Ella Carraro, Sydney Friel and Jayashri Madan are the 2024 Friends of Lake Villa District Library Scholarship winners. Each will receive $1,000.00 to further their education in the upcoming school year.

Ella Carraro, Lakes Community High School, will be studying Art History at University of Wisconsin Parkside.  Sydney Friel, also a Lakes High School graduate, will be attending Marquette University studying Nursing.  Jayashri Madan, Grayslake North High School, will be studying Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering.  

The three recipients, chosen from a pool of 9 applicants, each have a shared long-term goal of giving back to their community. Sydney plans to obtain a bachelor’s and master’s in nursing to one day give other kids the same care she received.  Ella intends to get a PhD in Fashion History with hopes of becoming a professor or museum curator to provide programs on the field of fashion and encourage others to pursue their passions. Jayashri intends to use her bioengineering degree to lead and execute research programs.

In addition to providing academic and financial need information, the Friends require applicants to name three books that have impacted their life as well as the role books and/or libraries have played in their lives.  The 2024 recipients have fond library memories of getting their first library card, participating in summer reading and having collections in the display case.  

The Friends of LVDL’s Scholarship program, established in 2018, is for high school seniors who reside in Lake Villa Township and who plan to pursue a two- or four-year degree at a vocational school, community college or university. The scholarship committee works with high school guidance counselors to reach as many applicants as possible. 

Lake Villa District Library enriches life in our community by connecting people with resources, services, spaces and each other.


Nina Kenney

Head of Communications