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The Hinsdale South High School Booster Club awards four seniors a $1,250 scholarship for college-related expenses every year. Applications are mailed to each senior in April, and require an essay. The award was established in honor of Renee Kenny and Steve Kirin, Sr., who both passed away in 1979.

Renee Kenny and Steve Kirin Scholarships

Renee Kenny


Renee (pronounced Reeni) Kenny was a vibrant member of the Hinsdale South community and served on the Booster Club as president and as a board member for many years. She was the wife of Harry Kenny, and the mother of 7 children, all Hinsdale South graduates: Debbie Ellsworth ’73, Pat Kenny ’74, Tom Kenny ’75, Irene Murray ’78, Michael Kenny ’82, Katie Kenny ’84, and Mary Fran O’Malley ’87.

Renee Kenny died in 1979 from breast cancer at the age of 44. It was an honor when the Booster Club Board decided to offer a scholarship in her name, starting the following year. She was an avid believer in continuing education, but also knew the financial burdens of attending college. She would be thrilled to know of all the Hinsdale South students who have benefited from this scholarship over the years. We are honored that this scholarship continues to be offered in her name, and are happy to contribute. Renee Kenny’s legacy continues at Hinsdale South, as she now has had five grandchildren graduate from Hinsdale South, three currently attending, and many more to follow!

Our heartfelt congratulations go out to all who receive this scholarship in honor and memory of Renee Kenny.


-The Kenny Family

Steve Kirin, Sr. 


Steve Kirin, Sr. was a resident of Darien, husband to wife, Jeanette, as well as the father of two Hinsdale South graduates, Cathy, class of ’76 and Steve, class of ’78. Steve had a fun, outgoing personality and generous nature. He was the kind of guy that people just wanted to be around.

Steve always felt that his life was best lived in service to others. He always found time to be active with the youth of Darien. He served in the positions of president of the Darien Youth Club and director of the Darien Youth Club Football Little League where he also coached the team for its first two seasons. He also served as president of the Hinsdale South High School Booster Club.

It was during his tenure as president of the Booster Club that Steve was diagnosed with an aggressive and wide spread form of cancer. On July 15, 1979, at the age of 46, Steve lost his battle to cancer. In honor of his service to the youth of Hinsdale South High School, the Booster Club proudly named the Steve Kirin Scholarship Award.


-The Kirin Family

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