Vydūnas Youth Fund, 14911 E. 127th Street,

Lemont, Illinois, 60439

Telephone/Fax (630) 243-0865 e-mail vyduno.fondas@sbcglobal.net

Website www.vydunofondas.net

September 2016

Welcome to the Vydunas Youth Fund website!


Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM at the Lithuanian World Center in Lemont, Illinois, the Vydūnas Youth Fund is Liautaud Skelbimasorganizing an event to honor James "Big Jim" Liautaud and to present four $10,000 scholarships to Dominikas Mockus, Laura Stankevičiūte, Rimantas Grabliauskas, and Gerda Zigmantavičiūte. Gražina (Gina) Liautaud created these scholarships for business majors of Lithuanian descent in memory of her late husband "Big Jim" and will present them to the four students during this event. All of "Big Jim's" friends and relatives, members of the Collegiate Division of the Lithuanian Scout Assoc. and members of the Lithuanian community are welcome to attend the event. Please call Aldona Rauchas, tel. 708 598-7438 or email aldrauch@gmail.com to let her know who and how many will be attending the event.







The Vydunas Youth Fund provides more than 100 scholarships each year to lithuanian students and academic scouts in Lithuania, the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia.   Part of these scholarships were established by the Fund‘s Executive Board.   The rest were created by generous donors, who established scholarship funds within the Vydunas Youth Fund and designated specific amounts be given as scholarships to students in various disciplines and specific universities.   There are also several scholarships that are given to students, who are members of the Lithuanian Scouts Assn.  Gražina Musteikis, Leonas Maskaliūnas, prof. Birutė Ciplijauskas, prof. Romualdas Viskanta, Stasė and Vaclovas Tallat-Kelpša scholarships support the higher education endeavors of our young students and encourage them to become creative and meaningful members of society.

We encourage our donors, who have the financial means...especially those who wish to memorialize family members who have passed away... to join these individuals and to create scholarship funds within the Vydunas Youth Fund.   More information can be found in our „Scholarship creation guidelines.“


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Grazina MusteikyteThe 2016 $10,000 Gražina Musteikytė scholarship was awarded to the leader of the Lithuanian Girl Guide organization's Brownie Division and Toronto, Canada Brownie troop leader Kassandra Kulnys-Douglas. We congratulate Kassandra and wish her good luck and perseverance in the completion of her studies. 


Academic Scout Organization students in Lithuania can apply for the Vydunas Youth Fund scholarships, which are given exclusively to members of their organization, by completing this application form and presenting it to dr. Jolita Kašalynienė, Phd, the Vydunas Youth Fund‘s representative in Lithuania. These scholarships are available for both the Spring and the Fall semesters.   All 2016  applicants are eligible for both the Spring and Fall semester awards.





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The Vydunas Youth Fund Executive Committee has formal meetings six times throughout the year, and informal meetings as needed.   The meeting agendas include scholarship award discussions, evaluations of project support requests, as well as various other  administrative issues.   The Fund‘s office is located at the Lithuanian World Center in Lemont, Illinois.   Here are several pictures of the Fund‘s office and museum of Vydunas memorabilia.










  The Vydunas Youth Fund has published a wall map of Lithuania as well as a collection of Lithuanian topographical maps. Here are several pictures of both of these items and a listing and order form for books, maps of Lithuania, and CDs that can be ordered from the Vydunas Youth Fund's office.









VF ValdybaThe 2016 – 2019 Vydunas Youth Fund Executive Board: President fil. Gintaras Plačas, Vice-president fil. Aldona Rauchienė, Secretary fil. Vida Brazaitytė, Treasurer dr. fil. Arūnas Draugelis, Office Administrator fil. Šarūnas Rimas, Finance Administrator fil. Leopoldas von Braun, Public Relations fil. Jūratė Variakojienė, Youth Representative fil. Alina Meilė and the Fund‘s representative in Lithuania, doc. dr. fil. Jolita Kašalynienė