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Local high school students receive Holmstad residents’ scholarship award

Scholarship winners. Front Row: Sarah Kroger, Grace Borchardt; Second Row: Kat Storch, Dzhamilya Khurshidova; Back Row: Matthew Hiller, Michelle Gonzalez and Josie Paul.

BATAVIA, Ill., Seven area high school students are benefitting from the generosity of residents from The Holmstad by receiving a total of $7,600 in scholarships to continue their educations at institutions of higher learning. The Residents’ Association Scholarship Committee recently awarded the students their scholarships during an Awards Dinner held on May 2 at the retirement community.

During the presentation of awards, each recipient, who works at the community, was introduced and recognized by the community and their peers. Award recipients and their families also enjoyed dinner with residents and the Scholarship Committee.

“We believe it is important to look to the future and these fine young men and women have demonstrated qualities deserving of these financial award for an investment in their educations,” said Pierre Croissant, Residents’ Association Scholarship Committee chair. “This is one way we can show our appreciation for all of their hard work.”

This year’s recipients include:

Matthew Hiller from Batavia High School received $1,200. He plans to attend Harvard where he will take courses to become a software engineer and music producer.

Grace Borchardt from Batavia High School received $1,200 and will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will study more about becoming a dietician and author.

Sarah Kroger from Batavia High School received $1,200 and will continue her education at Cedarville University in Ohio where she plans to study nursing.

Josie Paul from Geneva High School received $1,000 and plans to study graphic design at DePaul University in Chicago.

Dzhamilya Khurshidova from West Aurora High School received $1,000 and will attend Aurora University to pursue a career as a surgical nurse.

Katherine “Kat” Storch from Batavia High School received $1,000 and plans to enter the field of healthcare as a nurse/EMT at Waubonsee Community College.

Michelle Gonzalez from West Aurora High School received $1,000 and will attend Waubonsee Community College to pursue and education as a neonatal physician and as a criminal justice psychologist.

To select the winners, the committee reviews each student’s transcript, autobiography, and recommendations from two teachers, a counselor, and their Holmstad supervisor. Several sources fund the scholarships, including The Home Store, which sells gently used furniture and household items, and the Annual Holiday Bazaar, which features a wide variety of crafts, homemade baked goods, and more. The funding source also include memorial gifts as well as a cash contribution. Since 1991 nearly $140,000 has been awarded to area youth.