Scholarships for post high school education was awarded to 22 students from the greater Chicagoland area by the Marianjoy Scholarship Program.
This year, $50,000 in scholarships for post-high school education was awarded to 22 students from the greater Chicagoland area by the Marianjoy Scholarship Program, now in its seventeenth year. The students, some of which are former Marianjoy patients, are attending colleges and universities all across the country including the University of Illinois, University of Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State University, DePaul University, Southern Illinois University, Arizona State University, Western Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Loyola University, among others.
For nearly 40 years, Marianjoy has remained an advocate for individuals living with a disability. Though pursuing a college degree is not easy for anyone, doing so while living with a physical disability requires an even greater degree of determination, stamina and focus which is why the Marianjoy Scholarship Fund was established. This year's recipients include young men and women studying dentistry, information systems, architecture, medicine, broadcasting, and teaching.
The Marianjoy Scholarship Program combines the Bruce A. Schurman Endowment Fund (named after the former president and CEO of Marianjoy) and the Marianjoy General Scholarship Fund. Marianjoy plans to grow the endowment from the current level of $75,000 to $250,000 over the coming years. The interest earnings on those funds will be used to provide future annual scholarships in perpetuity.
"Funding for all scholarship awards is provided through generous donations from individuals, families, corporations, the Marianjoy Auxiliary, and other organizations," explains Will Gillett, Chairman of the Marianjoy Stewardship Committee. "Our goal is to provide as many scholarships as possible each year to well-qualified students."
Recipients of scholarships this year include:
Natalie Chastain of Elgin
Thomas Eurich of Mt. Prospect
Steve Fako of Orland Park
Danielle Felde of Marengo
Katie Huffman of Tinley Park
Adam Jomant of Lockport
Jennifer Piasecki of Lockport
Cassandra Powers of Glen Ellyn
Lucia Ramirez of Franklin Park
Harper Rowland of Wheaton
Maria Senne of West Chicago
Elizabeth Lindstrom of Aurora
Chelsea Mertz of Geneva
Carrie Mulderink of Countryside
Justin Salerno of Aurora
Guadalupe Solorio of Hazelcrest
Gina Trotto of Wood Dale
Stephanie Yarr of Naperville
Maria-Isabel Orozco-Vela of Chicago
Molly Farrell of Wheaton
Katie McElheney of Wheaton
Hannah Thompson of Glenview
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is a nonprofit teaching hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, dedicated to the delivery of physical medicine and rehabilitation programs including stroke, neuromuscular, orthopedic, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and pediatrics. Marianjoy's $60 million, 120 private room replacement hospital is a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the naturally holistic approach to rehabilitation. Founded in 1972, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.