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District 202 Foundation, CAPE award scholarships to 22 seniors

Twenty-two District 202 graduating seniors got college scholarships in May 2019 recognizing their academic achievement and community service from the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence and the CAPE organization.

The Foundation for Excellence is a private fundraising organization that has been supporting District 202 schools, students, staff and the community since 1983 with grants, scholarships and financial support for special programming. It awards its own Community Service prize.

The Foundation also administers the Martens Family Science Scholarship on behalf of the Martens family; and the Chief John Eichelberger Public Safety Scholarship on behalf of the Plainfield Fire Protection District.

CAPE (the committee for the Coordination of Administration and Parents Groups for Educational Efficiency) comprises district administration, parents, staff, elected officials and community leaders.

COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP

The Foundation for Excellence Community Service Scholarship is given to graduating seniors based on their involvement and active participation in school and volunteer community activities. This year’s winners each received $1,000.

This year’s recipients were:

Plainfield South High School:

  • Alexa Grundon
  • Kennedy Mallory

Plainfield North High School:

  • Kaitlyn Robertson
  • Sarah Lau
  • Dayanara Rodriguez
  • Siva Krothapalli
  • Trina Bhattacharyya
  • Tithi Bhattacharyya

 PEHS:

  • Zara Bangash
  • Eva Haque

MARTENS FAMILY SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

The Martens Family Science Scholarship awards $2,500 to one student from each of District 202’s traditional high schools who plans to major in a STEM-related science field at an accredited university offering a doctorate degree in their chosen major.

The Martens family gives the scholarship in memory of former Plainfield resident Fred Martens, who was a nuclear engineer at Argonne Labs.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Plainfield High School – Central Campus: Andrew Wyckoff, who plans to major in Mechanical Engineering at Marquette University
  • Plainfield South High School: Anna Janicek, who plans to major in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Plainfield East High School: Andrea Moncada, who plans to major in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Plainfield North High School: Nicholas Lowe, who plans to major in Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University

CHIEF JOHN EICHELBERGER PUBLIC SAFETY SCHOLARSHIP

The Chief John Eichelberger Public Safety Scholarship awards $500 to four students from the three high schools in the Plainfield Fire Protection District (Plainfield South High School is in the Joliet Fire Protection District.)

Students must plan to major in the fire service, public safety, medical or emergency services at an accredited state or private university or college (preferably in Illinois).

The Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department gives the scholarship to honor former Fire Chief John Eichelberger who retired in 2015 after 40 years of dedicated service to the fire department.

This year’s recipients were:

Plainfield North High School 

  • Timothy Vojensky
  • Ian Rich
  • Kaitlyn Robertson

Plainfield East High School

  • Cassidy Jones 

THE CAPE SCHOLARSHIP

The CAPE organization presents $500 scholarships to one student from each District 202 traditional high school to well-rounded students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community service.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Plainfield High School – Central Campus: Zachary De Leon
  • Plainfield South High School: Mireya Ruiz
  • Plainfield North High School: Gianna Mattio
  • Plainfield East High School: Eva Haque

For more information about the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence or to donate, please visit: www.d202foundation.org.

For more information about CAPE, please visit www.psd202.org/page/cape