Sauk Valley Community College student Cynthia Heckman of Dixon has been awarded the State Farm Insurance Teacher Education Scholarship for 2009-10. The $6,664 scholarship will be distributed over four consecutive semesters by the Sauk Foundation.
An adult returning student, Heckman carries a perfect 4.0 GPA and has been very active at Sauk. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a tutor in the Learning Assistance Center, and a member of the College’s Culture Club. Heckman also served with Sauk’s AmeriCorps program and was a work study in the Allied Health Department.
In addition, Heckman received a scholarship from the Dixon Lionesses Club, and is a three-time winner in the College’s Anne Horton Writing Contest. This year, she was awarded first place in the Research Paper category for Out of Control, on gun control and second place in the Narrative-Descriptive category for her essay Burnt Toast. In 2008; she was awarded second place for her essay, The Teacher.
Heckman plans to transfer to Northern Illinois University to major in special education and earn her teaching certification. She plans to pursue a teaching career in a school system or in a facility for developmentally-disabled students. She and her husband Greg Heckman have a son Marty and daughter Melanie who both attend college.
Individuals for this scholarship are recommended by the community college that they attend, which then recommends them to the Illinois Community College System Foundation. Awardees must be enrolled in a teacher education program that leads to an Illinois teaching certificate, and seek employment in an Illinois school system with a high concentration of minority and low-income students.
The Sauk Foundation is a non-profit corporation that helps to broaden the educational opportunities and services that SVCC provides for its students. Each year the Sauk Foundation distributes numerous scholarships for Sauk students that total more than $160,000.