Faculty Union Awards Annual Scholarships to Local College Students

The Joliet Junior College Faculty Union has awarded $7,900 in scholarships to local college-bound students this year.

“One of my favorite days of the year is the day we sit down to read applications for student scholarships and actually decide who is going to get what,” said Faculty Union President Bob Marcink. “As teachers we understand the role higher education can play in a person’s life. Knowing that we can help kick-start that process is gratifying to all of us in the JJC Fulltime Faculty Union.”

Students from the JJC service area and children of employees who can demonstrate they are enrolled in a post-secondary school—whether JJC or a four-year college—are eligible to apply. All applicants must fill out an application and write a short essay. Points are awarded based on various criteria including grades, extracurricular activities and community service.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

Anthony Brattoli of Tinley Park, IL  $750

Joseph Crump of Joliet, IL  $350

Hannah-Beth Griffis of Plainfield, IL  $500

Alexander Jedlicka-Kriz of Frankfort, IL  $350

Keith Kulczak of Plainfield, IL  $750

Sarah Richardson of New Lenox, IL  $750

Katherine Rio of Plainfield, IL  $750

Gina Russo of Plainfield, IL  $750

Rosa Scheiwe of Lockport, IL  $750

John Tuskey of Plainfield, IL  $350

Emma Van Donk of New Lenox, IL  $750

Heather Zelko of Minooka, IL  $750

Patrick Zelko of Minooka, IL  $350

The JJC Faculty Union, which was founded in the late 1960s, currently consists of 216 members. The Union has been awarding scholarships annually since 1996, funded 100 percent by the members of the union.


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