AURORAâ€”Eight one-year General Assembly Scholarships have been awarded by State Senator Chris Lauzen (R-25, Aurora) to eligible college students in the 25th District.
The Scholarship Committee, including local business, healthcare, education and community leaders from Kane, Kendall and LaSalle Counties, reviewed the applications to select eight students who plan to attend one of the stateâ€™s public universities, or to attend the University of Illinois. Academic achievement in high school (or college, if applicable), community service, and financial need are among the criteria considered by committee members.
â€œThere are many qualified young adults in the 25th District. This is never an easy decision for the committee,â€ said committee chairman, Jeri Steinmetz.
The 2010 scholarship recipients who will be attending the University of Illinois are: Tara Czepiel, Sugar Grove; Matt Johnson, West Dundee; Lauren Michels, Aurora; Jake Petit, Geneva. The scholarship recipients who will be attending other distinguished universities in Fall are: Sarah Bohr-Walsh, Plano (NIU); Kate Abell, Aurora (NIU); Peter Vilim, Sugar Grove (UIC); Nicole Hanna, South Elgin (ISU).
â€œAlthough I have voted and have sponsored legislation to discontinue the scholarship program because it represents a â€˜perkâ€™ of public office, Iâ€™m proud that the committee fulfills our responsibility by awarding these scholarships on merit rather than politics,â€ Lauzen said. â€œAlthough we have always kept the process open and available to every student who meets the criteria, this will be the last year that our office participates in this program.â€
Chairwoman Jeanne Harms, Nancy Aschauer, Connie Emery, Paula Mueller and Lyle Rolf of State Representative Kay Hatcher’s Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s General Assembly Scholarship.
Representative Hatcher does not participate in the selection process; she believes that the impartial scholarship committee is the most transparent way to determine the recipients.
â€œThe committee was honored to be asked by Hatcher to be in included in the process of selecting the scholarship recipients,â€ said Harms. â€œAs everyone can appreciate, these students are our future leaders.â€
Eight students from throughout the 50th district were chosen to receive a full-year’s tuition waiver for the 2009-2010 academic year. Selections were based on a detailed set of criteria which included academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.
â€œThe quality of the applicants was amazing; the recipients are arguably some of the brightest and most brilliant individuals in the district,â€ Harms said.
Two Sugar Grove residents were among the scholarship winners.
Peter Vilim of Sugar Grove has owned and operated his own computer maintenance business since he was in the 9th grade. Peter was home-schooled and is currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying industrial engineering.
Jessica White of Sugar Grove attended Rosary High School and graduated as the class Salutatorian. Jessica plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and study actuarial science.
The Illinois General Assembly Legislative Scholarship program provides each State Senator and State Representative the opportunity to assist Illinois students by nominating eight students for one-year scholarships to a state university.