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The Pearl Essence Foundation

Established March of 2007 in the State of Illinois, the Pearl Essence Foundation, Incorporated was formed to develop, administer and implement benevolent programs and projects that will provide educational scholarships, civic & social services and cultural opportunities to all persons located within the Will County (especially the Joliet community) area, regardless of age, race or creed.



 Scholarship Information


From the charter year, the Pearl Essence Foundation, Inc. (PEF) has provided various scholarships to graduating Will County High School seniors, presented financial workshops and hosted various fundraisers.  As the foundation grows and gains support, so will the contributions to Joliet and its environs.


For more information concerning our foundation or scholarship program please contact our Foundation at

The 2024 Pearl Essence Foundation Scholarship is now open for applications.  Click here to submit your information for consideration:


Class of 2022 Pearl Essence Foundation Scholarship
Recipient Announcement 

The Pearl Essence Foundation is honored to acknowledge the efforts of our five Silver Cross Grant recipients in the amount of a $1,000 scholarship for each student. The Silver Cross Grant  allowed the Pearl Essence Foundation to acknowledge and financially support the amazing academic and community efforts of these Class of 2023 honorees.



Additionally, each year the Pearl Essence Foundation chooses a distinguished group of Will County students to honor for their commitment to academic and community excellence within their school community. Below are the Class of 2023 PEF Scholarship honorees. 

Mya Lewis

Mikayla Watkins (Book Award)

Mishon Poe

Japjeev Kaur

Raina Ford

Tamiya Jenkins

Tia Zanderson

Isaiah Ivy

Christine Butler

Isaiah Dixon

Kyla Kelly

Mikayla Edgerton

Soledad Rodrigues

Stephanie Castro

Sylvester Brady

Diego Morales

Erick Morales

Matthew Jimenez

Christian Bouie

Janiyah Melvin

Mikayla McIntosh

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