T.S. & Juanita Ballance Foundation Scholarship Recipient
工程 has always been an interest of Justin’s, from building with Legos to building Rube Goldberg machines from erector sets and objects found around the house. “I’ve always found math, science, and puzzles fascinating. With financial constraints, my passions didn’t feel like they could be any more than hobbies.” Because of this scholarship, Justin is able to turn his dreams to reality. After receiving an associate’s Degree in 工程 from 十大网堵平台 社区 College, Justin plans to transfer to The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and hopes to work in engineering to develop life-changing technology.
Receiving this scholarship means that Shiann is able to focus on her multiple passions, 园艺, 创业, 和母亲. 谢恩告诉我们:“没有你, reaching my dream of 创业 and higher education would be much harder to obtain and I would undoubtedly, 否则, have to sacrifice the time and attention rightfully owed to my daughter, 谁在2022年12月满三岁. Though she is much too young to truly understand the effects of your generosity, she will feel my appreciation as I tuck her in at night, 而不是从第二份工作开始转变, 只是为了支付高等教育的费用.”
After receiving an AAS in 园艺 and an AAS in 业务 management, Shiann will transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree in 园艺 as well as a Masters’s Degree in Botany. While she is studying she is developing her own business with the knowledge she is gaining along the way. She plans to open an expressive plant shop that caters to the needs of the community and promotes healthy self-expression and self-care. Her goal is to make the connection between nature and humans clearer and to teach others to utilize nature to better themselves and their community in a sustainable way.
里奇G. & Sandra T Barnett捐赠奖学金获得者
雅各布将于2021年毕业. Zion High School and Graduated in May 2023 from 十大网堵平台 社区 College with his associate degree in 业务. Jacob served from 2022-2023 as a Student Trustee. Jacob will transfer to Millikin University in Fall 2023 to study Sports Management. His dream is to work in the front office for the St. 红雀队和步行者队.
Dr. 约瑟夫 & 玛莎·施罗德护理奖学金获得者
Dana graduated from 十大网堵平台 社区 College in 2011 with her LPN Certification. Attending 十大网堵平台 empowered Dana not only to be a strong nurse but to follow her passions in leadership and community organization as well. The educators and students gave her the support she was unaware she even needed to be successful and has affirmed her calling to “pay it forward” in the 迪凯特 community as much as she can.
Although Dana had her dream job as a Nurse Case Manager, 大流行迫使她的工作被取消, leading her to return to working as a bedside nurse. Last year taught Dana that nothing is promised and she needed to make her dreams a reality. This realization led her to found a nonprofit called “Affordable Activism.” Her first project is the “Make Our Mark Initiative” which will highlight overlooked history-makers from minority and marginalized groups in the community, and bring them the attention that has systemically not been afforded to them.
Dana shared this advice for students following in her footsteps. “设定目标，接受教育. 如果我能做到，任何人都可以. 尤其是在碾压混凝土的帮助下.”
Graduated in May 2021 with AAS 外科手术技术
Dana is mother of two beautiful children and made the decision later in life to go back to school and chase a dream that she had for a long time. She wanted to show both of her children that no matter your age or circumstances if you put in the hard work you can accomplish anything you put your mind to, 如果你有硬盘的话. Dana is looking forward to my future, bettering herself, her family, and growing as a person. She wouldn’t be able to accomplish this dream without the support of our scholarship donors.
The capstone of Jeffrey’s time at 十大网堵平台 is achieving the Scherer Honors Scholarship, allowing him to acquire outstanding culinary skills while expanding his studies. This variety of coursework added new perspectives and interests to his life and to his pursuit of a career as a chef. Jeffrey’s mantra is to “prepare good food for people as they come together to enjoy good food” and he hopes to repay the generosity of Foundation donors by making lives better through the universal language of food.