D. 202 students earn academic, service scholarships

Twenty graduates from Plainfield School District 202 received special college scholarships through the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence.

The awards are based on students’ community service, academic achievement and professional goals, and include the foundation’s Community Service Scholarship, the Martens Family Science Scholarship and the Eichelberger Public Safety Scholarships. The foundation administers these scholarships on behalf of the various award sponsors.

As District 202’s private fundraising organization, the Foundation for Excellence has raised and donated more than $400,000 since 1983 to support District 202 students, staff and programming through grants, scholarships and special funding.

Twelve District 202 graduates won $2,000 Plainfield Foundation for Excellence Community Service Scholarships this past spring based on their involvement in their schools and the community. Students who won Community Service Scholarships were Claire Hotchkin, Noah Kraulidis and Zachary Ryan (Plainfield Central); Jessica Escutia Calderon, Natalie Roberto and Moises Rodriguez (Plainfield South); Lauren Dvorak, Henry Ridder and Megan Hansen (Plainfield North); Abigail Floresca and Marissa LaPorte (Plainfield East); and Sariyah Stampley (Plainfield Academy).

Four graduates received $2,500 Martens Family Science Scholarships, given in memory of former Plainfield resident Fred Martens, who was a nuclear engineer at Argonne Labs. Both Martens children graduated from Plainfield High School.

The Martens Family Science Scholarship is given annually to students who intend to major in a physical or life science, engineering, or math at a fully accredited state or private university that offers a doctorate in their chosen field. This year’s winners were Rebecca Parmenter (Central), Kimberly White (South), Paul Wilkins (North) and Dina Nashed (East).

Finally, four students who intend to major in fire service, public safety, or medical and emergency services each received Eichelberger Public Safety Scholarships.

The Plainfield Fire Department will award these $500 scholarships annually to District 202 students who live in the Plainfield Fire Protection District. The award was created this year to honor former Plainfield Fire Chief John Eichelberger, who retired in 2015 after 40 years of service to the department.

The inaugural Eichelberger winners were Central graduate Lauren Tobolic and North graduates Matthew Coffey, Megan Hansen and Nathan Leff.

Information and applications for these scholarships for the 2016-17 school year will be available to students in early November.

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