The Des Plaines Community Foundation (DPCF) recently awarded four $1,500 scholarships to Des Plaines students. This is the fifth year the Foundation has offered these scholarships for both two-year and four-year college students.
A second annual Sadie Rosie scholarship for $1,000 was presented this year as well as the new Paul Bartholomae Scholarship award of $1,500—both targeted to high-school students for college tuition.
“We believe that helping our young adults obtain a college education is an investment, not only in the future of our youth, but also in the future of Des Plaines,” said Argus. “The scholarships will help bring a college degree within reach for students who deserve it most.”
The Sadie Rose Argus Leadership Award is the fifth $1,000 scholarship presented to help pay a worthy student’s college tuition. The Sadie Rose Leadership Award was presented to Jake Migasi of Maine West High School, and a student who worked with the DPCF for two years.
Migasi chose not to go to college but instead asked for assistance in finding a full-time job. The DPCF board did help him find a job at Pesche’s Flowers in Des Plaines and voted to give him a cash prize of $250.
The Sadie Rose Argus Leadership Award was established to recognize young individuals who volunteer and share their time and talents with the DPCF.
A new sixth scholarship award was added this year to honor Paul Bartholomae which included $1,500 towards college tuition. Bartholomae recently retired after 40 years as the Building-Trades instructor at Maine West High School.
Antonio Muniz from Maine West High School was the recipient of the Bartholomae award and will use the scholarship to study Fire Science at Oakton Community College. Muniz plans to be a firefighter.
Both of these awards were given to students in recognition of their efforts and volunteer hours directly related to carrying out the mission, programs and services of the Foundation.
The four recipients for the Foundation scholarships are Abigail Mendoza from Maine West High School; Breanna Keenley from Elk Grove High School; Jonathan Meehan from Saint Viator High School, and Natalie Hardy from Elk Grove High School.
The DPCF scholarship committee trustees are Rich Holke, Kimberly Ball, Mark Lucaccioni, Sandra Hansen, Kathy Puetz, Margaret Polovchak, Sherry Gardner and Dick Sayad. They judged the student applications based on strict guidelines and required paperwork.
Students seeking to be considered for the 2017 scholarship program must complete an application, which can be downloaded here.