Stockton High Grad Receives Scholarship

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Ellen Bonvillain, a 2012 graduate of Stockton High School, is the recipient of a $750 scholarship from the Highland Community College Foundation.

The announcement was made at a recent Foundation sponsored luncheon attended by over 100 retired teachers from northwest Illinois.

Bonvillain is a freshman at Highland Community College. Upon graduation from Highland College, she plans to transfer to a university in Illinois to pursue a bachelor’s degree in special education.

Also at the luncheon, the highly acclaimed HCC Royal Scots performed songs from the upcoming Spring Jazz Concert to be held at the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre on April 26 and 27. Additional programming included a presentation about planned giving by Kim Rampenthal, Foundation director of fundraising; an update on the need for adult volunteers by Esther Mayer, HCC coordinator of volunteer services; and a presentation on “Skills Gap” by HCC dean of Business and Technology, Scott Anderson, who discussed the relationship between high unemployment, job availability and workers with a lack of needed skills.

The Foundation also announced that a 2013-2014 Retired Teachers’ Scholarship will be awarded to a student from Ogle County. Applications will be accepted from Ogle County in-district students who will be enrolled as full-time students at HCC this fall semester and pursuing a degree in education with an interest in teaching.

The scholarship consists of a $1000 cash award for the student's academic year. Academic excellence will be the primary criteria used in determining the recipient. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required. Filing deadline is June 1, 2013.

The Highland Community College Foundation awarded approximately $320,000 in scholarships to Highland students for the current academic year.

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