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Highland Alumni Association scholarship recipients conclude a 'winning' semester

FREEPORT With the fall semester coming to an end, three Highland students are studying for final exams with a little help from Highlands Alumni Association. The association awarded two $500 scholarships and a one-credit hour certificate to second-year students best exemplifying civic, organizational, and campus involvement.

The Highland Alumni Association is proud to provide these scholarships in the name of its over 500 members, said Alumni Association Steering Committee President Cal Wescott. We look forward to this becoming an annual tradition.

The following scholarship recipients have not only continued their academic pursuits during the Fall 2011 semester, but remain active on campus and in their local communities:

  • Jacob Crome of Elizabeth is a graduate of Stockton High School, and member of 4-H, Boy Scouts of America (rank of Eagle Scout), Highlands Student Council, Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa. He received a one-credit hour certificate which he will use in pursuit of a bachelors degree in chemistry/chemical engineering from the University of Illinois or Iowa. He currently works at Highland.
  • Jessica Sander is a Forreston High School graduate, church volunteer, Forreston Public Library employee, and a Junior Project Leader for 4-H. She has also volunteered her time to the Red Cross, Rebuild Freeport, Relay for Life, Rockford Rescue Mission, and Freeport Park Districts Special Olympics softball team. The $500 scholarship will help her attain a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  • Elizabeth Stauffer of Polo is a home-school graduate. As a Junior Project Leader for 4-H, she has worked in the Illinois House of Representatives. She has also served as a Science Siesta counselor through the Discovery Center and Burpee Museum, and provided music to local nursing home residents. She currently works as a Highland tutor and plans to pursue a bachelors degree in biology with her $500 award.

Proceeds from Alumni Association events such as last seasons basketball tip-off event were used to initiate the first alumni scholarships through Highlands Foundation. To learn more about the Highland Alumni Associations efforts or to become a member, visit the alumni home page here.

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