Hi, I'm Will Dix

Willard M. Dix

Grants Manager

I began at JPA nearly three years ago as a consultant, writing and producing a monthly newsletter. Subsequently, I began researching and writing grant applications. I came on board full-time in January 2019. It's been a great privilege to help JPA continue its work with children who have been traumatized and abused so they have an opportunity to overcome the many hurdles they have on the road to success.


My professional life has always involved working with middle and high school students. First as an English and drama teacher, then as a college admission officer. After a stint as a college counselor for a Chicago private school, I joined Chicago Scholars, helping it transition from a scholarship-granting to a programmatic organization by writing and implementing a curriculum and becoming program director. Since then I’ve also been an independent college counselor, focusing on helping low-income and first-generation college students apply to college.


I hold a BA from Amherst College, an MA from Princeton University in anthropology, and an MA from Northwestern University in Theater and Speech.


Memberships include the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); Illinois School Counseling Association (ISCA); American School Counseling Association (ASCA).