District 210 community awards over $300,000 in scholarships
Friday, May 19, 2017

Scholarship Nights kicked off on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Lincoln-Way Central, followed by Lincoln-Way West on Tuesday, May 16, and wrapped up with Lincoln-Way East on Wednesday, May 17. Between all three schools, the Lincoln-Way community awarded over $300,000 to 406 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 cheers and applause.

“Senior Scholarship Night is a fantastic reflection of how deeply committed our community and families are to supporting our students,” says Lincoln-Way Central College Counselor, Janet Reis. “It also speaks to the value we place on all aspects of higher education and our students’ drive and passion to achieve their goals and dreams. It is one amazing evening!"

Among the awards at each ceremony, memorial scholarships were given to students in memory of community members’ lost loved ones. Local businesses and nonprofits showed their support by offering scholarships to graduating seniors who have shown interest or talent in a specific area of study, activity, or sport.

"We are so thankful to our community members, and the way they support our students by providing them with these scholarships,” says Lincoln-Way West College Counselor, Tim Daly. “It is truly one of the best nights of the year!"

Additionally, national organizations attended each ceremony to offer full tuition scholarships. Chick Evans Scholarships were awarded at Lincoln-Way East to Jack Dingle and at Lincoln-Way West to Samantha St. Leger. National ROTC Scholarships, valued at $180,000 each, were awarded to Caitlin McClarence at Lincoln-Way Central, Timothy Lutz at Lincoln-Way East, and Ryan Burggren at Lincoln-Way West. From Lincoln-Way East, Samuel Allard was issued an Illinois National Guard Grant, Brock Salgado was issued an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Cole Paraday was issued an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Additionally, Teresa Kozak from Lincoln-Way West was issued an appointment the United States Air Force Academy, valued at $300,000.

“The East PPS Department would like to thank the many organizations and individuals who continue to support our students through their generous scholarships,” says Lincoln-Way East College Counselor, Michael Sieja. “It was a great evening for all as we gathered to acknowledge the successes of some of Lincoln-Way East’s finest students.”