Local students earn scholarships
Fifty-seven students from Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties received a total of $28,500 in scholarship awards from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust.
Scholarship funds are donated by Cuivre River Electric members who participate in Operation Round Up by rounding up their electric bill payments each month to the next highest dollar. Since the program began in 1997, more than $840,000 has been awarded to help over 1,770 area students achieve their academic goals.
Local students receiving scholarships are: Kenady Bickel, Nicole Blackburn, Alexandra Boyer, Lauren Brannon, Tanner Bross, Abby Diederich, Annie Drummond, Daniel Drury, Sydney Gooch, Ryan Greiwe, Madison Grumich, Tanner Hale, Christina Harper, Eric Henningfeld, Lauren Hoff, Darian Jefferson, Kylie Jones, Sally Jo Kelley, Kyle Lynch, Noelle Mack, Andrew Mangrum, Sarah Marquart, Andrew Milhous, Audrey Paul, Ryan Phipps, Rachel Reininger, Alexis Russell, Emily Torres, Rebecca Turney, Kelsey Twiehaus, Sarah Vehige, Kelsey Wooten and Jaclyn Ziegemeier.
Students are eligible to be considered if they live in the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative service area and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while taking undergraduate courses at an accredited university or technical school. Applicants also are asked to provide an official transcript and two letters of recommendation, write a narrative to highlight their academic achievements and state their career goals, and must demonstrate financial need. The scholarship also may be used for adult continuing education courses in their career fields.
In addition to scholarships, Operation Round Up also helps to address unmet needs in the areas of health, youth, education, home weatherization, community and emergency services. Those funds are available to individuals, families and organizations in the CREC service area.
Operation Round Up applications are available online at www.cuivre.com. The next scholarship deadline is October 1, 2014.
Wentzville student wins essay contest
Ellen Westover, of Wentzville, is among the 32 winners of the 2014 Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest.
The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest is part of Region Bank’s efforts to honor Black History Month. Eligible high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to enter. Westover, who is a freshman at Dordt College in Iowa, received a $2,500 scholarship after submitting an essay about an African-American individual who inspired her.
“At Regions, we are dedicated to making a lasting impact in our communities by investing in the future of our students,” said Mike Hart, area president. “We are thrilled to present Ellen Westover with this scholarship to advance her education and look forward to seeing all that she will achieve.”
Each year, Regions chooses one high school student to receive a $5,000 scholarship and one college student to receive a $2,500 scholarship from each of the 16 states it serves, awarding 32 scholarships in total. Since 2012, Regions has awarded $365,000 in scholarships to 89 high school and college students.
To learn more about the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest, visit www.regions.com/ridingforward. Information about the 2015 contest will be available early next year.
Space camp bound
St. Peters resident Jason Meyer has been awarded a full scholarship to attend Space Camp® at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
“This process attracts bright, motivated students from across the world,” said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, the center’s chief executive officer and executive director. “To win a scholarship, a student must submit a truly outstanding application.”
The scholarship competition is intense, requiring a student to submit an application with a detailed description of a science experiment, an essay, a mission patch design and three letters of recommendation. Only 30 percent of those applying this year received full scholarships.
Space Camp has been helping to prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians to reach for the stars for more than 30 years and has evolved into an internationally-known program with more than 600,000 alumni. The camp, which is based on NASA’s astronaut training program, focuses on teamwork and leadership skills.
Real-world applications of math, science and technology are presented as students take part in space missions aboard an International Space Station simulator, complete astronaut training simulations and build and launch robotics. Scholarship winners also have the option of attending Robotics Camp or Aviation Challenge® Camp.
For more information about Space Camp programs, visit www.spacecamp.com.
Francis Howell announces scholar athletes
The Francis Howell Central High Activities Department announced its nine recipients of the Spring 2013-2014 Ultimate Spartan Award.
This award, given every season, recognizes students who have the highest grade point averages during their respective seasons and who also earned a varsity letter. To earn a varsity letter, students must be members of a sports team at the varsity level for at least two years. The spring season is based on the second semester cumulative GPA.
The following students are recipients of the Spring 2013-2014 Ultimate Spartan Award:
• Ricky Barrett, Boys Golf
• Tyler Emery, Baseball
• Jacob Ficht, Boys Volleyball
• Mikayla Kennedy, Girls Soccer
• Zach Painter, Boys Track and Field
• Andrew Schrautemeier, Boys Tennis
• Erica Swanson, Girls Track and Field
• Daniel Tedder, Boys Volleyball
• Summer Zakrzewski, Girls Soccer
All award winners will be recognized at a sporting event next fall. These nine student athletes will receive a certificate and commemorative medal in recognition of their accomplishment.
Queen of the festival
Francis Howell High student Olivia Beilman was crowned the New Melle Festival Queen on June 20.
In recognition of her selection, Beilman earned a $750 college scholarship. She also was named Ms. Congeniality by her fellow Queen candidates.
Candidates have been preparing for the 61st New Melle Festival Queen Pageant for the past six months. The young women participated in community service projects, fundraisers and recreational activities in hopes of being named the New Melle Festival Queen.
The pageant is an ongoing tradition that gives scholarships to deserving young ladies to help further their education. Aside from participating in community service and fundraisers, the candidates also were judged on community involvement, ticket sales, poise and personality, responsibility and interview questions.
Beilman, who will be a senior this fall, lives on a mini farm in New Melle. She is president of the New Melle 4-H Club and is extremely active in community service. After her senior year, she hopes to attend medical school to become an equine vet or pediatrician.
Sensations summer dance camp offered
The Francis Howell Central Sensations invite all elementary students (kindergarten through fifth grade) to participate in a summer dance camp at Francis Howell Central July 14-18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dancers will learn a dance routine, dance technique and enjoy five days of fun and games with the FHC Sensations Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance Teams.
The cost of the camp is $125 and includes a camp T-shirt. Camp participants may invite their family and friends to watch them perform their dance routine at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18 in the school’s large gymnasium.
Contact Debbie Brasher at 699-7009 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Vogel at (314) 255-9488 or email@example.com to register and for more information.
Reading volunteers wanted
Fort Zumwalt School District will be training OASIS Tutors for the 2014-15 school year on Aug. 19 and 20.
OASIS volunteers are adults over the age of 50 who donate their time to tutor students in reading. To volunteer, or for more information, call Glenda Hauser at (314) 609-5725 or visit fz.k12.mo.us.
Unconventional student earns scholarship
High school did not come easy for Gia Jurczyk, the oldest of six children.
“I was more concerned with whether my brothers and sisters had food than what the teacher was saying,” said Jurczyk. “When I came home, I spent my time helping to take care of my siblings, and homework rarely crossed my mind. School simply wasn’t a priority.”
As soon as Jurczyk was old enough, she got a job to help support her family and eventually dropped out of high school. A month before her 18th birthday, she gave birth to a baby girl and spent years working as a single mom. After she got married and her children grew older, Jurczyk wanted more for herself. She enrolled in St. Charles Community College’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program.
Last month, Jurczyk was honored with 89 other students during a recognition ceremony for the Adult Education and Literacy program at SCC. Some 65 students recognized for receiving their High School Equivalency credential and 25 students were acknowledged for their achievement, improvement and attendance in the English as a Second Language program.
During the 2013-14 school year, more than 180 SCC students received their HSE credentials and more than 450 SCC students from 58 countries took part in the ESL program.
Jurczyk’s equivalency score qualified her to apply for a SCC Board of Trustees scholarship. She was selected for a scholarship and her tuition at SCC will be fully covered for four semesters. She will begin the pre-engineering transfer program offered at SCC in the fall.
“Because I made the decision to get my GED, I was able to turn my dreams into goals, and now, I am turning those goals into reality,” Jurczyk said.