The Illinois Patriot Education Fund provides scholarships and educational opportunities for Illinois active duty and veteran military families.


We fund the active duty or veteran, their spouse and dependents because education is a part of the solution. We target our focus on those enlisted military families with ranks of E-5 and below. For many, higher education through college or certified vocational training — and then a career can be the mission. Our veterans need the highest level of support services including healthcare, education and career opportunities. This is too much for the government alone to take on. Illinois Patriot Education Fund is a part of the solution.

To inspire others to replicate this fundraising model on a state-by-state basis in order to influence local, state, and federal government to enhance the educational benefits, beyond those provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, to our service men and women; and the families of these men and women who have been wounded, disabled or killed while serving our country. We also support and partner with programs that provide financial literacy skills to our Illinois military families.

Why Illinois?

Why not the whole country? While there are many national charities that offer services to those of IPEF, we have found that we can make a greater impact by keeping the money local to Illinois and forming a strong grassroots effort. To date, nearly 320 service men and women have been killed who hail from the state of Illinois alone, with hundreds more wounded or disabled. Multiply those numbers by the dependents who are impacted by those statistics and it becomes almost overwhelming. If we start here and do a good job in Illinois, we can create a model that can be replicated on a state-by-state basis and make a difference that can significantly effect meaningful change.

Where do I go from here and how can I help?

There are a number of ways you can make an IMPACT.

•Make a donation that will immediately impact an Illinois Military Family
•Become a corporate sponsor or in-kind goodwill partner
•Register for an event
•Get active TODAY and send your resume to to see if you are offered a position on the IPEF Advisory Board
•Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our YouTube Channel to get the latest updates
•Tell your friends by sharing this site with others and spreading the word

Our Tax Exempt Status:

The Illinois Patriot Education is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Illinois Patriot Education Fund are deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, and the Fund is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under Sections 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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