The Joliet Junior College Full-time Faculty Union has awarded $8,900 in scholarships to assist local students.
Gifts as high as $750 were awarded to 16 students who are either preparing to take classes at JJC or transferring to a four-year school. Applicants submitted a short essay about their future plans.
"Our members recognize how important it is in today's world to pursue education beyond high school,” said Bob Marcink, JJC Full-time Faculty Union president. “The jobs of today and tomorrow demand that. Whether the students decide to join us at JJC or take advantage of other educational opportunities, we are committed to helping them reach their academic and career goals."
The union has been awarding scholarships annually since 1996. This year’s recipients included the following:
Joseph Crump of Joliet, IL: $750
Thomas Gonzalez of Morris, IL: $200
Alfreda Hogan of Joliet, IL: $750
Jacob Hulbert of Morris, IL: $400
Jamie Kaiser of Lisle, IL: $400
Mandy Kaiser of Lisle, IL: $400
Rebecca Keller of Homer Glen, IL: $750
David Lozano of Joliet, IL: $750
Angelina McNulty of New Lenox, IL: $750
Jenna Morgan of Minooka, IL: $400
Nicole Murphy of Frankfort, IL: $750
Charles Muszynski of Naperville, IL: $200
Kendra Neill of Joliet, IL: $750
Nicole Nelson of New Lenox, IL: $750
Taylor Nelson of Frankfort, IL: $200
Jordan Scholtes of Braidwood, IL: $200
Taylor Nelson also received an additional $500 for the Pete Neff Memorial Scholarship, which the union awards to a JJC Honors Program student. Neff, who was very involved in the union, founded the program during his more than 30 years as a JJC English professor. Half of the funding for this scholarship was provided by Neff's widow, Patricia Neff.
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