Maywood, IL...Antony Greenhow, a senior at Proviso East High School, recently was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Common Roots Initiative.
This is the fourth consecutive $1,000 award that the group, which was formed by Proviso East alumni to raise money to give back to the school, has presented since it began offering financial assistance to students and teachers in 2012.
Jennifer Cassell, the group’s secretary and chairperson of the 2013 scholarship committee, said that Antony’s application stood out from a quality group of students.
"The committee commended Mr. Greenhow’s vision for his future career path, outstanding grades, and dedication to extracurricular activities," she said.
Antony, who will study psychology and play football at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, said that his work in the community and church as well as with the National Honor Society chapter at Proviso East helped his cause.
"It’s doing things that most kids don’t do," he said. "The award should help me get around."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that Antony was a deserving student.
"Antony Greenhow not only has been an excellent student in the classroom, but he also has been involved in many activities," Mr. Valente said. "His hard work in everything he does will benefit him greatly as he moves on to college and beyond."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that Common Roots Initiative is a good community partner in working with students in the district.
"The Common Roots Initiative, founded by Proviso East alumni, has been good for our schools in providing financial aid for students and faculty," she said. "We need more partnerships such as this as we continue our work in improving student achievement in our schools. We appreciate their support, and we are very proud of Antony."