Dr. Scholl Foundation


The Dr. Scholl Foundation was established by William M. Scholl, M.D., in 1947. It is a private, independent grant-making foundation for charitable purposes. The Dr. Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world. Solutions to the problems of today's world still lie in the values of innovation, practicality, hard work and compassion. Grants are made annually after an extensive review of the application by the staff and all the directors of the Dr. Scholl Foundation Applications for grants are considered in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Social Service
  • Healthcare
  • Civic and cultural
  • Environmental

The categories above are not intended to limit the interest of the Foundation from considering other worthwhile projects. In general the Foundation guidelines are broad to give us flexibility in providing grants. Over the past decade, approximately 35% of our grants have been related to education, 15% to social services, 27% to hospitals and healthcare, 19% to civic and cultural with the remaining percentage spread out in the above categories. During the same period, 68% of our grants have been made in Illinois. However, like Dr. Scholl, we recognize the need for a global outlook. Non-U.S. grants are given to organizations where directors have knowledge of the grantee.


The Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to valid Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 organizations. Non-U.S. applicants without a 501(c)3 must complete a notarized affidavit.

Application Deadline:

Grants are considered on an annual basis. The Dr. Scholl Foundation application form can be submitted between November 1 and March 1 of the following year. All applications are acknowledged by mail. Prospective grantees are notified in November and, if approved, grant payments are made in December of the grant year.

The application form and instructions are available after September 1 each year by written request on organization letterhead only. Application forms must be requested each year. Phone, fax or e-mail requests are not accepted. Please indicate if you would like a paper copy of the form mailed to you or an electronic Adobe version. If you would like the application e-mailed, please include your e-mail address in your letter rather than a general organization e-mail address.


Dr. Scholl Foundation

1033 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 230

Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Telephone: (847) 559-7430


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K.B. 10/12/11