Forest Park, IL...
Graduating seniors in Proviso Township High Schools were awarded more than $12 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations.
College-bound students from Proviso East High School earned a total of $4.7 million in scholarships and grants, topping last year’s figure of $3.3 million, said Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East. Graduating seniors from Proviso Math and Science Academy won a whopping total of $9.24 million in scholarships, which is more than the $8.4 million awarded last year. At Proviso West High School, 57 members of the Class of 2013 won $6.05 million in scholarships from various organizations, topping last year’s total of $3.9 million. The $19.99 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the seniors who were awarded the scholarships had worked hard for the awards.
"These scholarships recognize the efforts that students have put into their academics and other activities," she said. "These awards continue to show the high academic standards that our students are able to meet."
Brittany Buckner, valedictorian of Proviso East’s senior class, was offered more than $192,500 total in scholarship money. This includes the Ruth C. Schoenbeck Memorial Scholarship, from which she will receive $10,000 each year for up to four years.
"Words couldn’t even explain," said Brittany, who will study business at Western Illinois University in Macomb in the fall. "I was so happy for my mom. It really helped my family a lot."
Cheyenne Banks, a graduating senior from Proviso West, was offered $121,500 total in scholarships. She said that she was happy to receive the awards.
"When I received my scholarship offers, I was proud of myself," said Cheyenne, who will study television and radio at Southern Illinois University. "I didn’t think I could get those kind of offers."
The following students have been awarded a total of $19.99 million in scholarships