Thirty-five single parents who are also Sauk Valley Community College students recently received a boost with their education through the Sauk Foundation and private donations. Amy Viering, Sauk’s director of foundation and grants, said this is the largest group of recipients in the program’s history.
“It is an absolute honor for the Foundation to be able to help these students to further their educational goals,” said Viering. “Each works hard to juggle family, work, and school successfully.”
Tedra Mewhirter, Student Support Services career and tutoring advisor, is a Sauk graduate and former winner of the Single Parents Grant. She says that she knows how the recipients feel from her own experience as a Sauk student.
“It is a powerful thing to witness the determination and gratitude of these parents,” said Mewhirter. “Showing them support is always a pleasure.”
In the photo above, recipients include (front row left to right): Tammy Sherwood, Dora Slothower, Jamie Scribner, Melissa Kinnaman, Aracely Dallgas-Frey, and Desirae Rodriguez. Back row left to right: Amanda Michaels, Jennifer Freeman, Ryan Hubbell, Lailonie McKinney, Jennifer Griswold, and Amanda Johnson. Remaining award winners not pictured.
The complete list of recipients and their hometowns includes:
DIXON: Aracely Dallgas-Frey, Ryan Hubbell, Amanda L. Johnson, Glynis Lackland, Lailonie McKinney, Amanda Michel, Melissa Schott, and Corrine Torres.
LANARK: Katherine Peterson.
LENA: Jody Bonebright.
MANLIUS: Gail Coyle.
MOUNT MORRIS: Dustie Stone.
OREGON: Carrie Long.
POLO: Tammy Sherwood.
ROCK FALLS: Sheri Burnett, Connie Garza, Brandi Krull, Melissa Kinnaman, Tara Ordean, and Jamie Scribner.
STERLING: Sally Alumbaugh, Michaela Delgado, Jennifer Freeman, Jennifer Griswold, Tracie Huisenga, Ann Lopez, Devon McKight, Stephanie McMunn, Niko Nieto, Desirae Rodriguez, LeAnn Shipman, Dora Slothower, Mary Snow, and Mary Wellman.
TAMPICO: Brandi Hall.
The Sauk Foundation is a non-profit corporation that broadens the educational opportunities and services that SVCC provides for its students. Each year the Foundation awards numerous scholarships that total more than $160,000. For more information on the Sauk Foundation, call 815/288-5511, ext. 345.