Scholarship Funding Available to Students in Sangamon and Surrounding CountiesThe Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln is now accepting applications for the 2017 scholarship program. There are 29 different scholarship funds with nearly $115,000 available in awards. While many scholarships are available to graduating seniors in Sangamon County, there are also scholarships available for returning students and graduating seniors from surrounding counties. O’Brien Medical or Health Related Field of Study Scholarship ($1,000) This Scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school student in Sangamon County pursuing a degree or certificate in a medical or health related field of study. Applicants must demonstrate financial need beyond reasonable levels of parental and self- help as well as superior academic quality. Roland Machinery Scholarship ($1,000) This scholarship is available to graduating seniors pursuing a degree or certificate in a profession related to construction, mechanical engineering or other related trades from the following counties: Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Montgomery and Morgan. Student of the Year Scholarship Program The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln also administers the Student of the Year Scholarship Program. Sangamon County students can apply by invitation only and should contact their school guidance counselor for more information. Full details and criteria for each award are posted on the Community Foundation’s website at www.CFLL.org under “How to Apply for a Scholarship.” Students with questions or limited computer access should contact the Community Foundation. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Students should review the specific requirements, criteria and due dates for each scholarship application. The recipients will be notified by May 2, 2017. All scholarships are for post-secondary education. The following scholarships are available: The Association for Women in Communications, Springfield Chapter, Communications Scholarship ($500) This scholarship is awarded to college juniors, seniors, and/or graduate students majoring in communications, journalism, public relations or related fields such as marketing, design, videography, photography, etc. that are from Central Illinois or attend a College or University in Central Illinois. CFLL Service Scholarship ($1,500) This scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school student from Sangamon County who will be a full-time student at a college or university in the coming fall. Each high school principal may nominate one student to complete the application; that student must be an extraordinary example of service to others and the community. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted. Charlie Cottle Scholarship ($1,500) This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Chatham Glenwood High School pursuing a post-secondary degree. Charlie Cottle established and built the Glenwood football program. This award is to honor his memory and his values of hard work, integrity, humility and sportsmanship. CIELO Medical Scholarship ($2,500 – renewable) This scholarship fund is for Latino students pursuing a medical-related degree at a school in Sangamon County. Medical studies that qualify include: doctor, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science, emergency medical services, occupational therapy, radiography, x-ray technician, respiratory care program, electroneurodiagnostic technology or nutrition science. Donna and Donald Lee Wolaver Memorial Golf Scholarship ($500) This scholarship fund is for graduating high school students who participated on a golf team while in school, who can demonstrate academic performance as well as financial need. This award is to honor the memory of Donald Lee Wolaver, who recognized at an early age how golf provides valuable lessons on practicing, following rules and finding your personal best. Frontiers International Springfield Club Scholarship ($500 – multiple scholarships may be awarded) This scholarship concentrates on assisting African-American students, although any student may apply. The Frontiers encourage scholastic achievement, leadership skills, community service and good citizenship, and the scholarship will assist students who exhibit those characteristics. Gerald F. and Luanna R. Kennedy Scholarship Fund ($1,500) This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Pana High School with a demonstrated history of contribution to the community of Pana. Girls on the Run Founder Scholarship ($1,300) The purpose of this scholarship is to financially assist Girls on the Run of Central Illinois program alumnae with college or vocational training expenses. The award was established in 2013 by Deb Shultz, the founder of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois, and her family, and is not solely based on financial need. Henry Bunn Memorial Scholarship ($5,000 – eight awards) This scholarship is awarded to a high school graduate in Sangamon County or current college student who graduated from a high school in Sangamon County with a superior school record and high moral character who demonstrates financial need. It was established under the Will of Alice E. Bunn, who died on April 8, 1953, to honor her brother, Henry Bunn. Illinois Women in Leadership Chrysalis Award ($1,000) This scholarship award is provided by Illinois Women in Leadership to assist Sangamon County women who have been out of high school for five years or more and are enrolling in a college, university or trade school; or women who are continuing or returning to college who do not yet have an undergraduate degree. Illinois Women in Leadership High School Scholarship ($1,000 – three scholarships may be awarded) This scholarship award is provided by Illinois Women in Leadership to assist Sangamon County women in post-secondary education by encouraging them to set and pursue career goals. Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship ($850) This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Springfield Southeast High School who will be pursuing a degree in engineering, technology or science. The scholarship is in memory of Jamie K. Patino and the path she traveled. The scholarship has been established to encourage other students who are interested in following her spirit and the qualities she had, including the strength to stand up for what you believe is right, the ability to overcome difficult situations or hardships and the desire to make the most of today while being mindful of the future. Jim Byron Scholarship ($1,000) This scholarship is available to graduating students from Williamsville High School who are involved with community service and school activities. This fund was established to honor Jim Byron, who has helped hundreds of student athletes live up to their potential. Joseph and Lois Morris Memorial Scholarship ($2,000 – multiple scholarships may be awarded) This scholarship is awarded to at least one male and female who is a graduating senior from Springfield High School. The applicants must have a written recommendation from their high school guidance counselor and demonstrate financial need. This award was established in 2014 in memory of Joseph and Lois Morris. Linda S. Culver Memorial Scholarship ($1,300) This scholarship is available for a college junior, senior or graduate student that is currently registered as a Girl Scout with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. Lori L. Kashmer Scholarship ($3,000) This scholarship has been established to give financial assistance in memory of Lori L. Kashmer, who had a passion for learning and helping others. It is available to either a part-time or full-time student pursing a degree in nursing, health or medical career, or in veterinary medicine. Margaret Johnson Special Education Scholarship ($600) This scholarship has been established to give financial assistance in memory of Margaret Johnson for students who plan to pursue a degree in special education. Mary Lou and Dwight Pitman Scholarship ($1,000 – renewable) This scholarship is awarded to a graduating student from a public high in Sangamon County other than Springfield School District or Chatham School District, who has at least one older sibling currently enrolled in college and/or at least one younger sibling who plans to attend college. This scholarship is in honor of Mary Lou and Dwight Pitman. Paul V. Gage Community Service Scholarship ($600) This award is for a Vienna High School student who demonstrates excellence in community service and demonstrates financial need. Pearl Fairfield Scholarship Fund ($500) This scholarship is for a graduating senior in Sangamon County with a preference given to single-parent households. Reverend Kenneth H. White Family Scholarship ($750 minimum, multiple scholarships may be awarded) This scholarship is awarded to a Lanphier High School graduating student who plans to obtain a State Teaching Certificate and intends to teach in the public school system. Rev. White was a self-sacrificing man who generously spent his life in service to others and viewed it as his calling – this scholarship honors his memory. SAHBA Construction/Robert E. von Behren Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) This scholarship award is open to students pursuing a career in the building industry in the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan. Mr. von Behren was an accomplished builder and helped establish the Association. He was devoted to his craft and worked to perfect his skills and teach others. Sgt. John R. Dalhaus Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Litchfield High School that is a pursuing a degree in a vocational field. This scholarship is intended to honor the memory of Sgt. John R. Dalhaus. Spanish American Cultural Center Scholarship ($3000 – up to two scholarships may be awarded – renewable) This scholarship is available to students of Latino descent who will be a graduating senior or who is obtaining a GED from an institution located in any of the following Illinois counties: Sangamon, Cass, Douglas, Champaign, Macon, McLean or Morgan. The Spanish American Cultural Center has worked hard to make funds available to benefit Latino students. World War II Illinois Descendants Scholarship ($1,000 – two scholarships may be awarded) This scholarship is available to a student graduating from any high school in Illinois who is a descendant of an Illinois veteran of World War II. The scholarship is intended to honor the memory of those from Illinois who served in World War II. High school students may also contact their school guidance counselors for details on the scholarship awards available. For more information or questions about the online application system, contact the Community Foundation at email@example.com.
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Try a New recipe for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day football gatherings!
- Sausage Cheese Balls Appetizer
- Cinnamon Coffee Cake to Remember
- Meatballs in Minutes
- Slowcooker and other EASY Recipes 5 Ingredients or Under
- Buffalo Chicken Dip Appetizer
Non-edible baking fun!Homemade playdough keeps the little ones busy and is fun to make.
Clean out those closets!This is a great week to purge the old for donations and resale shops! If you haven't yet visited Once Upon A Child in Springfield; they are buying kids' clothes size infant through youth 20, books and toys and everything a new parent would need. They particularly need more youth-sized clothes!
New Year's Eve Events
"Family: We may not have it all together, but together we have it all." This beautiful quote (author unknown) was shared by a friend on facebook recently, and it made my day. Especially this time of year when there are a few extra items on our “to do” list and work, social and community calendars! I’ve certainly learned over the years that the most important part of the holidays is the time you spend with your loved ones. It’s one of the few times ALL of my siblings and their children gather back in Springfield) where all of us grew up. Although the traditions have evolved over the years as we have each expanded our families and moved to different cities; coming HOME at Christmas is a given! The holiday cookie tray, egg nog and cranberry punch will be set out with the dips and chips we love, while we work together to prepare the warm meal for the afternoon. The dogs and cats will be roaming around leaving their fur on everyone’s clothes, warming laps and making everyone smile. We exchange presents,(yes, the kids certainly enjoy that part), but I can tell you the BEST part is the tradition of playing games, completing a 500+ puzzle or two, and just hanging out, laughing and relaxing, TOGETHER. Enjoy this holiday season with your family. Looking for new events and traditions to try? Explore our complete 2016 season HoliDaze Guide.
2016 Winter Classroom Party Ideas from SpringfieldMoms
- Our annual tradition - advice on winter class parties: a long list of fun activities, including games, crafts and snacks!
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Healthy Holiday Treat Ideas for Classroom PartiesBelieve it or not, winter parties for the preschool and elementary crowd can be fun AND healthy. Memorial's LiveWell Blog offers great suggestions on how we can move away from the “icing sugar cookies” station, candy canes and gingerbread houses. Instead, offer nutritious alternatives that will tickle their taste buds. Christina Rollins, nutritionist and director of Memorial Medical Center’s Food and Nutrition Services department, offers these tips for festive and fun holiday party treats for kids.
- Kid-friendly "cocktails"
- Naturally sweet fruit dishes.
- Raw vegetables or pita chips with homemade hummus.
- Pretzels, granola bars and dried fruit