CCEF awards annual Vincent Beggs Memorial scholarships


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.

Technology scholarship

• Zayin Calvert – attending Heartland Community College, majoring in applied computer science.  Zayin is the son of Bill and Talya Calvert.

Vocational scholarship

• 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.