Faculty Union Awards $9,300 in Student Scholarships

The Joliet Junior College Faculty Union has awarded $9,300 in scholarships to assist local students.

Gifts as high as $850 were awarded to 16 students who are either preparing to take classes at JJC or transferring to a four-year school. Applicants submitted a short essay about their future plans.

“As educators we know that education is the key to a successful future. Whether a student's journey ends with a two-year associate degree or a Ph.D. in physics, all studies show that education changes lives and communities for the better,” said Bob Marcink, JJC Fulltime Faculty Union president. “With these scholarships, we are happy to play a small role in helping students to achieve their academic and career goals."

The union has been awarding scholarships annually since 1996. This year’s recipients included the following: 

Joshua Althoff of LaGrange Park, IL: $850
Nicholas Brattoli of Tinley Park, IL: $850
Angela Ciarlette of Homer Glen, IL: $250
Alfreda Hogan of Joliet, IL: $850
Zachary Martin of Lockport, IL: $400
Angelina McNulty of New Lenox, IL: $850
Jenna Morgan of Minooka, IL: $400
Charles Muszynski of Naperville, IL: $400
Samuel Muszynski of Naperville, IL: $400
Nicole Nelson of New Lenox, IL: $850
Taylor Nelson of Frankfort, IL: $250
Max Szymczak of New Lenox, IL: $850
Graciana Trillo-Ruggles of Bolingbrook, IL: $850
Amanda Vollmer of Plainfield, IL: $250
Mikayla White of Morris, IL: $250
Adrian Zavala of Joliet, IL: $250

Adrian Zavala also received an additional $500 for the Pete Neff Memorial Scholarship, which the union awards to a JJC Honors Program student.  Pete Neff, who was very involved in the union, founded the program during his more than 30 years as a JJC English professor.

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