Sauk Valley Community College student Lailonie McKinney of Rock Falls has been awarded the YWCA Women’s Empowerment Scholarship for the 2009-10 academic year. The $500 scholarship was distributed through the Sauk Foundation.
McKinney, a psychology major, carries a 3.74 Grade Point Average and is very active at Sauk. She is a member of the College’s Student Parents Association, PRIDE, Campus Women’s Organization, Phi Theta Kappa, Honors Program, and Student Support Services. McKinney plans to graduate from Sauk in May with an Associate in Science, earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Ashford University, and a master’s degree in counseling at Western Illinois University. McKinney would like to pursue a career in family relationship counseling.
A 2003 graduate of Franklin Center High School, Lailonie is the daughter of Laura Hamrick of Dixon, and Dennis Fitzgerald of Santa Rosa CA.
The YWCA Women’s Empowerment is one of 80 private donors that provide scholarships to deserving Sauk students each year. These scholarships play a crucial role in helping these students pursue their educational goals.
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 Foundation distributes scholarships that total more than $160,000.