Second Annual NextUp Awards
Celebrating Chicagoland’s Youngest Volunteers

Date: March 11, 2020 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: The Drake Hotel | 140 E. Walton Pl. | Chicago, IL 60611


Help us shine a light on the driven, determined young people who are looking beyond themselves and giving back across Chicagoland. 

Join us at the second annual NextUp Awards.

Nomination Form Sponsorships & Ticketing

Sponsored by Blood Science Foundation, the philanthropic and fundraising arm of Vitalant Illinois (formerly LifeSource), The NextUp Awards Event provides scholarships to individuals 18 years of age or younger who have shown a transformative commitment to their communities – through fundraising, direct financial support, the development of charitable programs, volunteering, leadership and philanthropy.

Proceeds from the event will go toward Vitalant Illinois’ High School Scholarship Program, which awards scholarship funds to local high schools that host blood drives.

Blood Science Foundation will recognize winners in three different age categories at The NextUp Awards Celebration at The Drake Hotel of Chicago on March 11, 2020.


Are You Making a Difference in Your Community?


Nominate yourself or another youth to be recognized in the second annual NextUp Awards.

Top nominees attend The NextUp Awards Celebration at The Drake Hotel on March 11, 2020. A committee selected by Blood Science Foundation will choose three finalists for each of the following age categories:

  • Ages 12 and under
  • Ages 13 to 15
  • Ages 16 to 18

Winners in each of the age categories will receive a $2,500 scholarship!

The committee will review the submissions of all nominees and judge their philanthropic or charitable programs based on the following criteria:

  • Direct impact on the community
  • Long-term outcomes
  • Whether the project can serve as a prototype for other communities

Nominees must live in the following counties served by Vitalant Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will.

Deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2020.




Join us as a sponsor of the inaugural NextUp Awards. We have developed a host of sponsorship opportunities to ensure that your company or organization is recognized for its commitment to honoring the very best and brightest young minds in our region.