In pursuit of scholarship: Students earn honors
From Staff Reports June 8, 2012 4:28PM
Caption: Jacobs High School student Abigail Yonker (center) of West Dundee was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Dundee Township Visitor’s Center. She is pictured here with DTVC board members Herb Beck and Paula Lauer at the Dundee Township Rotary’s
Updated: July 11, 2012 6:05AM
Each year, graduates of area high schools take what is arguably the biggest step of their lives. Graduation from high school is a milestone in everyone’s life, whether they decide to enter the work force, military service or go on to college or technical training.
A number of area organizations sponsor scholarship opportunities for young people. Throughout the spring, these group have held banquets, presented checks and honored the achievements of some of the Fox Valley’s best and brightest students.
Today, The Courier-News presents a list of those scholarship announcements we have received and compiled over the course of the past several weeks. If your organization’s announcement does not appear here, please email your information to Dan Waitt, Community News editor at email@example.com. We will include your information in a future issue of The Courier-News.
Maximilian Ehret of South Elgin (St. Charles North High School) has been named a scholarship recipient at Northern Illinois University. The geology major has received the prestigious NIU Scholars Award ($7,000 per year for four years) valued at $28,000.
Ehret will begin classes in August and says, “I am very excited that I have been given the opportunity to attend Northern Illinois University. I am looking forward to being a part of one of the strongest geology programs in the state, and can’t wait to learn everything I can from my future professors and peers. I know Northern Illinois University will afford me the chance to be successful in my future career and endeavors.”
Elgin Hispanic Network
Elgin Hispanic Network (EHN) selected three area high school students among 40 applications as the recipients of $1,500 in educational scholarships toward pursuing a collegiate education. Students were selected based on their community involvement, academic achievement and extracurricular activities as well as an essay and two letters of recommendation.
Recipients are Gerardo Mendoza of Larkin High School, with plans to attend University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana pursuing a finance and international business degree; Aida Palma Carpio of South Elgin High School, with plans to attend Boston University pursuing an international relations and foreign affairs degree; and Bernard Gaytan of Streamwood High School, with plans to attend DePaul University pursuing a computer science and digital media arts degree.
The Elgin Hispanic Network’s mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and resources that positively impact the Hispanic community. EHN has been in existence since 1987, and scholarships have been awarded since 2001. Scholarship funds are raised via membership dues, donations and the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon held in November. Donations to the scholarship are welcomed. Visit www.elginhispanicnetwork.org.
Dundee Township Visitor’s Center
The Dundee Township Visitor’s Center, in conjunction with Dundee Township Rotary Foundation, awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Jacobs High School student Abigail Yonker of West Dundee. Yonker plans to attend Texas Christian University, where she will study film/television/digital media.
“It’s especially helpful to me, because I’m going to a school so far away,” Yonker said after receiving the award at the Dundee Township Rotary’s annual awards banquet. “It means a lot to know that back home, people are supporting me and they are supporting my dreams and my goals.”
Seventeen scholarships totaling $29,500 were awarded to college-bound students from Dundee Township at the event.
Yonker is an academic honors student and a member of the National Honor Society. She has been a student council class representative for three years, is a peer tutor, and participated in volleyball and track. More recently, she fulfilled a prophesy she made in sixth grade to become editor in chief of The Talon, Jacobs’ school paper.
For more information about the Visitor’s Center and the Farmer’s Market, visit its website at www.dundeedepot.com or find it on Facebook under “dundee depot & farmer’s market.”
Bartlett Woman’s Club
The Bartlett Woman’s Club gave out four high school senior scholarships totaling $6,000 from money raised from the club’s annual Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser. Recipients are Richard Kim of South Elgin High School, going to University of Illinois-Chicago for computer science engineering; John Castro of Bartlett High School, going to Elgin Community College for nursing; Brianna Bedi of Bartlett High School, going to the University of Illinois for biology; and Molly Kellner of Elgin High School, going to Butler University for music education.
DAR Good Citizens
The winners of the DAR Good Citizen award were presented earlier this year by Signal Hill Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awards ceremony held at the Barrington Area Library.
One high school senior each from Barrington High School, Wauconda High School and Dundee-Crown High School were selected by their schools to participate in the DAR Good Citizen contest based on an outstanding demonstration of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. In addition, each student submitted an essay titled “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” An independent panel consisting of a high school history teacher, an American history college professor and the president of a local historical society then had the task of selecting one winner. Deborah Edlund, DAR Good Citizen Chapter chairman, presented the top honor to Kelsey Moss, a student at Dundee-Crown High School who received a $250 scholarship. DAR Good Citizen runner-ups were Alisha Tapia from Wauconda High School and Henry Wilson from Barrington High School.
Dundee Township Rotary Club
The Dundee Township Rotary Club recently awarded $29,500 in scholarships to 17 students attending Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville, Harry D. Jacobs High School in Algonquin and St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin. Since 1981, the club has awarded over $686,500 in scholarships to area students living in Dundee Township.
Several new scholarships were instituted this year: The Harvey and Ethel Daeumer Foundation Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the late Harvey and Ethel Daeumer, who were generous philanthropists in Elgin, Dundee and throughout the Fox Valley. The Bruce David Memorial Scholarship which was named in honor of longtime Dundee Township Rotary Club member, the late Bruce David, a local West Dundee attorney, by his son, attorney Bradley David.
Scholarship recipients include:
Otto Engineering Scholarship: $1,000 Academic — Alyssa Roeckner, Jacobs
Dundee Township Rotary Interact Club Scholarship: $1,000 Academic — Brandon Rohlwing, Dundee-Crown
Dundee Township Visitor’s Center Scholarship: $2,000 Academic — Abigail Yonker, Jacobs
Bob Morency Memorial Scholarship: $2,000 Merit — Jacob Schuldt, Dundee-Crown
Bob Morency Memorial Scholarship: $2,000 Merit — Carolyn Clarton, Dundee-Crown
Stig P. Orum Memorial Scholarship: $1,500 Environmental — Carolina Bieri, Dundee-Crown
Stig P. Orum Memorial Scholarship: $1,500 Environmental — Ashley Brooks, Dundee-Crown
Emerson Crocker Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship: $1,000 Fine Arts — Emily Wirkus, Dundee-Crown
Harvey & Ethel Daeumer Foundation Scholarship: $2,500 Merit — Alison Novak, Jacobs
Harvey & Ethel Daeumer Foundation Scholarship: $2,500 Merit — Kelly Tracey, Dundee-Crown
EFS Foundation Scholarships: $1,000 Academic — Angelina Anton, Jacobs
EFS Foundation Scholarships: $1,000 Academic — Cameron Martin, Dundee-Crown
EFS Foundation Scholarships: $2,500 Academic — Amanda Groch, Dundee-Crown
EFS Foundation Scholarships: $2,500 Academic — David Nellesen, Dundee-Crown
EFS Foundation Scholarships: $3,500 Academic — Lizet Alba, Dundee-Crown
John Brittain Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 Academic —Trevor Tschosik, Jacobs
Bruce David Memorial Scholarship: $1,500 Academic — Ryan Johnson, St. Edward
Scholarship committee members are Dr. Melisa Rothenberger, Barb Christie, Curt McReynolds, Al Treml, Tyler Wedell and Cheryl Wendt.
The Dundee Township Rotary Club was founded in 1980. The group meets every Tuesday at noon at Emmett’s in West Dundee. For more information, contact Rothenberger at 847-649-3422.
ECC: Clinical pathology awards
Five Elgin Community College histotechnology students have received scholarships of $1,000 each from the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics for their excellence in academic studies, leadership and community service. The students are Dana Smith of Lake in the Hills, Marcia Graham of Chicago, Susan Jasper of Hoffman Estates, Cynthia Ruff of St. Charles and Lucero Sanchez of Elgin. Approximately $182,200 was awarded by ASCP and Siemens in the 2011-12 academic year. More than $1.4 million in scholarships have been awarded by the two organizations in an effort to help defray education costs, promote medical laboratory science as a rewarding career, and to help address the workforce shortage of qualified professionals.
For more information about the histotechnology program, call 847-214-7350 or visit elgin.edu/histotechnology.