CLINTON — The Clinton Community Education Foundation on Wednesday announced its 2019 graduate scholarship recipients.
The Vincent Beggs Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to CCJS graduating seniors each year since 2011. Beggs, a member of the DeWitt County agricultural community and retired State Farm Insurance investment accountant, provided a living legacy for scholarship awards through his endowment to the Foundation.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in their last academic year at CCHS and submit letters of recommendation, a CCHS transcript, a personal resume and video of personal introduction for consideration by a selection panel. Once finalists have been selected from all applications, personal interviews are conducted by the selection panel for consideration of a scholarship award.
The panel uses Begg’s own criteria for the interview process and awards scholarships accordingly. Scholarships are for students who are continuing their education by enrolling full-time at an accredited college or university to pursue undergraduate degrees.
Scholarships for technical/vocational studies also are considered for awards for those graduates pursuing specialized training and certification at a technical or vocational institute.
2019 graduates receiving scholarships from the Beggs legacy are:
• Sarah Hicks – attending Eastern Illinois University, majoring in biology. Sarah is the daughter of Russell and Stacey Hicks.
• Derek Long – attending Heartland Community College, majoring in computer hardware engineering. Derek is the son of Russell and Jennifer Long.
• Anna Mills – attending Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, majoring in pharmacy. Anna is the daughter of Dan and Sharon Mills.
• Kinser Wargel – attending the University of Illinois College of Aces, majoring in farm management. Kinser is the son of Thomas and Claudine Wargel.
• Zayin Calvert – attending Heartland Community College, majoring in applied computer science. Zayin is the son of Bill and Talya Calvert.
• Amanda Tool – attending Parkland Community College, majoring in dental hygiene/pediatric dental hygienist. Amanda is the daughter of Scott and Melissa Tool.
The CCEF board of directors wished the applicants and scholarship recipients success in their future endeavors.