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DCFS Presents Awards to
Scholarship Recipients at the Illinois State Fair

Springfield. August 18, 2000 -- The Department of Children and Family Services today announced 79 high school graduates under DCFS’ care who will receive the Educational Scholarship Award. The awards presentation on Friday August 18, 2000, is just one of many activities centered around youth as part of the Youth Day celebration during the State Fair.

The 79 students were chosen based on scholastic aptitude, academic rank, citizenship, personal character and their community involvement. Students will receive a medical card, $445 monthly stipend and a waiver of tuition and fees for four years if they attend one of nine designated Illinois state colleges or universities.

“College is an important step for teens because education is the key to future success and because the college experience encourages maturity and independence,” said DCFS Director Jess McDonald.  “This financial award will help them achieve a very important goal in their life.”

About 200 teens statewide submitted applications for this scholarship. Applicants must be 19 years old or younger and possess a diploma from an accredited high school or GED program by the end of the 1999-2000 school year.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who recognized the importance of applying for this scholarship,” said DCFS Deputy Director of Education and Transition Services, Gloria Fitzgerald.  “Although this was a rigorous selection process, every applicant demonstrated a desire and goal for educational success.”

This was the second year scholarship competition was expanded to include children formerly under DCFS care who are adopted or in the Department’s subsidized guardianship program. In past years, only DCFS wards were eligible to seek the four-year scholarships.

The DCFS Scholarship Program began in 1964 with the awarding of four scholarships. It has now assisted more than 500 students with their college education. Students can obtain scholarship applications and additional information about the DCFS Scholarship Program through their caseworkers.

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DCFS Educational Scholarship Recipients (2000)

Arlington Heights

  • Shammah Timms

Bellwood

  • Quincy Maxwell

Brighton

  • Erica Figge

Canton

  • Sally Pierce

 Carbondale

  • Serena Burns

  • Lisa Bhatnagar

  • Lakeisha Hayes

  • Andre Hughes

  • Ricco Mimms

  • Tina Miller

 Carlyle

  • Princeton Lewis

 Champaign

  • Ahkla Broadway

 Charleston

  • Sharona Price

 Chicago

  • Gina Aalders

  • Charlotte Adams

  • Alishea Armstrong

  • Maxwell Caples

  • April Curtis

  • Berneice Cruz

  • Kenneth Davis

  • Shakesha Dye

  • Marvin Ellzey

  • Danielle Franklin

  • Jemima Gardner

  • Damon Gary

  • Crystal Gregory

  • Latoyia Hayes

  • Tijani Iman

  • Patrice Jarrett

  • Ali Malik

  • Kashanti Mangun

  • Kasheima McDaniel

  • Jose O’Campo

  • Onie Riley

  • Samantha Sanders

  • Latoya Smith

  • James Snider

  • Raijean Stroud

  • Juntyna Wilson

  • Tremon Wright

 Chicago Heights

  • Ellen Mitchell  

  • Tamika Robinson

 Christopher

  • Starlet Bowlin

 Clinton

  • Amanda Joyce

 Country Club Hills

  • Tisheia Harding

 Darien

  • Tobias Unterfranz

 DeKalb

  • Lakeisha Cameron

  • Quineska Colbert

  • Ja Juana Hawkins

  • Tina Hopkins

  • Maria Jamerson

  • Maurice Montgomery

  • Rachel Nealey

  • Niqua Wilbon

 

Dolton

  • April Johnson

 Edwardsville

  • Travis Evans

 Evanston

  • Latisha Stensrud

Flossmoor

  • Shallahda Liddel

Forrest Park

  • Falon Lenoir

Fox Lake

  • Leonard Hill

  •  Helen Lilly

Hebron

  • Geno Helmick

Jacksonville

  • Shawn Weeks

Lake Forest

  • Jason Dour

Lisle

  • Matthew Ehrich

Macomb

  • Latoya Dudley

Naperville

  • Sarah Jurgens

  • Sarah Pape

Normal

  • Camille Barton

  • Terence White

 Oak Park

  • Nicole Bonoan

Sandwich

  • Becky Cunz

 Sherman

  • Alison Harrrison

 South Holland

  • Dorene Fulks

  • Marcus Thigpen

  • Nakeesha Semmons

 St. Anne

  • Roy Marin

Urbana

  • Geneka Sanders

Waukegan

  • Christina Bertram

Wheaton

  • Matthew Brdecka

  • Steven Szukala

Woodstock

  • Marjorie Zaranto
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