Lincoln-Way Community Awards a Whopping $359K in Scholarships
Friday, May 20, 2016

Scholarship Nights kicked off on Tuesday, May 10 at Lincoln-Way West, and wrapped up with Lincoln-Way Central on Wednesday, May 18. Between all four schools, over $359,000 was handed out to 457 graduating seniors.

Local community businesses, individuals and families, organizations, and foundations presented scholarships to graduating students in each school's auditorium, where family members, staff, and friends congratulated each recipient with applause.

"The support we receive from the community is overwhelming. What a great night for our community, schools and students," said College Counselor Jim Martin.

Among the scholarships at each ceremony, memorial scholarships were awarded to students in memory of community members' lost loved ones. One particular to note was Wednesday night's Robert K. Hammar Memorial scholarship.

Corporal Patrick Hammar took to the stage to present the scholarship in honor of his late brother. To the surprise of his family, who was in the audience below, Hammar had flown home to offer the scholarship to recipient Taylor Hanus. His homecoming was met with a standing ovation from the audience, and tears from the whole family.

"Our staff is so thankful for our community's support in encouraging our students to pursue a higher education. Every year, this event brings everyone together in support of our students who have worked incredibly hard to achieve these honors," says College Counselor and Interim PPS Director, Janet Reis. "I'm not sure that the donors of these gifts understand the magnitude of the impact that they've made on our students and our staff. We are incredibly grateful."