The Albert M. Zari Scholarship Fund was established by the Albert M. Zari Foundation to provide scholarships to students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree from a college or university in accounting, aeronautics/aerospace science, agriculture, business, communications, computer science, electronics, engineering, finance, information systems, medicine, or pharmacy.
Students continuing their studies in trade schools are also eligible for these scholarships.
Eligibility is reserved for students graduating from public high schools located within the following Illinois School Districts: Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Oswego, Sycamore, DeKalb, Kaneland, Yorkville or Plano.
Albert M. Zari directed that these scholarships be created from his estate to reflect his belief in the power of education.
With an eighth grade education, and after completing an electricians’ apprenticeship program, Mr. Zari became a successful businessman.
He was the founder of A.M. Zari Construction Company and was very proud of the work that his company did on the runways at O’Hare Airport.
Mr. Zari spent his free time as a woodworker at his home in St. Charles, Illinois producing exquisite works of art.
A native of Chicago, he was the son of Peter and Delfina Zari and husband to Carole.
Mr. Zari served his country in the Navy in World War II. He passed away on February 2, 2014 at the age of 94.