Vincent J. Vittore Memorial Scholarship

The BTB Foundation began in 2002 by Tom and Bill Latourette. The mission of the BTB Foundation is to award financial assistance as well as provide emotional support to individuals from the Chicagoland area that experience hardships due to cancer or a cancer-related illness. To bring this into perspective, over the past 20 years, the BTB Foundation has given over $1.7 million dollars to more than 110 local families fighting cancer.

In 2018, the foundation announced the creation of the Vincent J. Vittore Memorial Scholarship. Vince passed away in 2017 from a Glioblastoma brain tumor. This scholarship is in honor of the enthusiasm, humor and strength that Vince displayed during his life, for his love for family, friends and great journalism.


  • TWO (2) $5,000 Scholarships


  • US Citizen between the ages of 17 and 30
  • Reside in the Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry or Will county)
  • Applicants must be a cancer patient, cancer survivor or has an immediate family member that is a cancer patient, cancer survivor or has passed away due to cancer. “Immediate Family” is defined as Mother, Father, Brother or Sister.
  • Applicants must plan to enroll as a full-time student (minimum 12 semester hours) in pursuit of a certificate or undergraduate degree at an accredited 2 or 4 year College/University for the 2024-2025 academic year. Special consideration will be given to those pursuing a journalism degree.

Key Dates:

  • Applications accepted February 1, 2024 through April 15, 2024
  • Awards decided April 30, 2024
  • Formal announcement May 15, 2024

The information entered on this scholarship application will be reviewed by the BTB Foundation and the Vince J. Vittore Scholarship Fund Committee. All information is strictly confidential and is for the BTB Foundation use only.

For more information and to apply, please visit Please complete all required sections and submit all required application materials.

If you have any questions or if you need any assistance while completing this scholarship application, please contact Bill Latourette at 847.830.1907 or email us at