• HILLSBORO EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION 
    SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND AWARDS

    2017
     
    The Hillsboro Educational Foundation, through the generous donations from Alumni and friends distributed approximately $45,000 in scholarships last year. Current scholarships handled by the Foundation are listed below. Please scroll down to get a description on the amount of the scholarship and other important information including some deadline dates.
     
    Below is a list of scholarships available at this time:
     
  • SCHOLARSHIP DONATIONS

    The Hillsboro Educational Foundation will accept scholarships directed to perpetuate any of the scholarships listed. Alumni or friends wishing to make a scholarship donation in the name of a specific individual may submit the donation:

     

    Attention: Earl Meier
    Hillsboro Educational Foundation, Inc.
    1311 Vandalia Road
    Hillsboro, IL 62049

     

    Please indicate whether the donation is being made to the general scholarship fund or to a specific scholarship listed. Every dollar donated to the Scholarship Fund is used for scholarships.

     

    Alumni or friends of the Foundation wishing to establish a scholarship are invited to contact a member of the Foundation through the Hillsboro School District at 217-532-2942.

     2017

     
    FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP LIST
    All scholarship applications can be found on Mr. Morford's Website .  Scholarship applications will be posted in groups of 3 or 4 with the beginning of the second semester. 
     
     
    JERAD J. KIEFER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP  
    The Jerad J. Kiefer Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Hillsboro HIgh School Senior during the 2016-2017 school year. Jerad J. Kiefer, son of Paul and Julie Kiefer passed away while a 2nd grade student at Beckemeyer School.  His classmates will be graduating from Hillsboro High School this spring. Two or more $500.00 scholarship will be awarded in the memory of Jerad. For more information, please contact the Counselor's office at Hillsboro High School.   
     

    MEL & JACQUELINE HESELOV SCHOLARSHIP
    A $1000.00 scholarship is given each year to honor Mel and Jacqueline Heselov of Hillsboro, Illinois. The scholarship was set up by a generous donation by the children of Mel and Jacqueline Heselov. Mr. Heselov owned and operated Heselov’s Style Shop for many years on the Main Street in Hillsboro. For information on this scholarship, please contact the counselors at Hillsboro High School. The scholarship must be used at the University of Illinois or any Illinois School. 
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    EDWARD A. GOYAK SCHOLARSHIP

    This $1000.00 scholarship was established by the late Elizabeth Goyak in honor of her late husband Edward. Mr. Goyak grew up in Taylor Springs. He graduated from Hillsboro High School. Mr. Goyak has an intense interest in government. This scholarship is designed to be awarded to an individual who wishes to study civics, government, of public affairs. Mrs. Goyak enjoys hearing from the recipient of the scholarship and is very interested in higher education for young people. Individuals interested in applying for this award should contact the Hillsboro High School counseling staff.  
     

    NATIONAL BANK BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

    This $500.00 scholarship is awarded annually through the Foundation by the National Bank of Hillsboro. The scholarship is awarded to an applicant from the graduating class who will be working toward a career in a business or accounting profession.
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    ROSE MORMINO TEACHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

    The Rose Mormino Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior from Hillsboro High School intending to go into the field of education. Miss Mormino taught grade two at Burbank School in Hillsboro for many years. She finished her career as a second grade teacher at the new Beckemeyer School in Hillsboro. This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $10,000 payable over 4 years to a graduate intending to go into teaching. The scholarship was established by family and friends in 2002. Additional scholarship of $1000.00 are available to applicants.
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    KELLEY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

    This $500.00 award is presented to a deserving Hillsboro High School graduate by the Kelley families through the Hillsboro Educational Foundation, Inc. Members of the Kelley family have long been active in governmental and educational projects and activities. Mr. Harry "Bud" Kelley received the first annual Educational Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.
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    BONNIE IRELAND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 
    The Bonnie Ireland Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to a deserving graduating senior who is pursuing a degree at an accredited four year university.
     

    ELLEN MCGURTY NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

    This annual scholarship for $500.00 is awarded to an individual planning to embark upon a nursing or medical profession. This award honors Mrs. Ellen McGurty, long-time nurse at Hillsboro Hospital. The goal of this scholarship is to enable a graduate to enter into a shortage occupation.
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    DUSTY CAMERON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    This scholarship is awarded annually through the Foundation by friends of the Cameron Family. Dusty, a fifth grade student at Beckemeyer School, passed away in 2003 after a lengthy illness.
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    DALE STRETCH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AWARD

    This $500.00 scholarship has been established by friends of the Dale Stretch Family and will be awarded to a deserving student who wishes to pursue a vocational career. Mr. Dale Stretch served as director of Vocational Education for many years in the Hillsboro School District and was a strong proponent of vocational education. 
     
    DONNIE BURTON III MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

    Several scholarships ranging from $500-$1000 are being presented this year by the Don and Sally Burton family through the Educational Foundation. Donnie Burton III, a junior at Hillsboro High School, passed away suddenly while preparing for a canoe trip in Missouri during the summer of 2003.
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    JAN YOUNG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

    A $500.00 will be presented by Mrs. Pat Young through the Educational Foundation. This scholarship is funded by members of the Jan Young Family.  Mr. Jan Young served the Hillsboro District for many years as a counselor.
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    BALIN ROBBINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 
    The Balin Ethan Daniel Robbins Memorial Scholarship has been established by Daniel and Erica Robbins and family friends to honor the memory of their son.  Bain was a student at Hillsboro High School.  He passed away in 2014 during his junior year at Hillsboro High School.  He was interested in technology and loved to read about superheros.  To many, he was a superhero who was always available to help or lend a helping hand.  Balin also chose to be an organ donor, which helped to save several lives and improve the lives of dozens more.
     
    This $500.00 scholarship is available to any graduating Hillsboro High School student.  It may be used in any two or four-year college or vocational school.  Applicants are requested to complete the information below and to return this application to the Counselors' office at Hillsboro High School. 
     

    WILLIAM CHARLES SCHLUCKEBIER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    This scholarship in the amount of $500.00 is awarded annually through the Foundation by members of the William C. Schluckebier families.  Mr. Schluckebier served the School District for many years as a Board member from the Donnellson area.  
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     PRECISE SPECIALTIES CORPORATION SCHOLARSHIP
    This $1000 scholarship for tuition and fees is awarded to a Hillsboro High School graduate by Jim and Pam Dawson, owners of Precise Specialties Corporation.  It may be used for tuition and fees for accredited trade schools, two year degree programs, or a four year program.  Interested students must use the Education Foundation Form and application available in the counselor’s office.
     
     
    MERCEDES V. LESSMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
    The Mercedes V. Lessman Memorial $500 Scholarship has been established by her children to honor the memory of Mercedes Lessman.   Mrs. Lessman lived in the Hillsboro area her entire life and was a housewife, seamstress at the local dress factory and a well- known artist.  Her paintings have been displayed in various venues where she won many awards.  Mrs. Lessman was a member of local art clubs and once served as the Grand Marshall of the annual Old Settlers parade in Hillsboro.  Mrs. Lessman lived on a farm southwest of Hillsboro.  She was very active in community activities.    This scholarship is available to any graduating senior of Hillsboro High School.
     
     
    ARIN SANFORD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 
    The Arin Sanford Memorial Scholarship has been established by friends and members of the Sanford family to honor the memory of their son, Arin William Sanford.   Arin Sanford passed away on January 8, 2016.  He would have been a member of the class of 2017.

    Arin was active in Hillsboro High School football, Future Farmers of America, and summer baseball.  He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his many friends and family.

     
     
    GERALD P. HUBER ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
    This $500.00 scholarship has been established by family and friends of Gerald Patrick Huber. Mr. Huber was a highly respected attorney and was very active in civic events within the community. This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving high school senior.
     

    DKUPABAI MEKALA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    This scholarship is awarded to a deserving Hillsboro High School graduate in memory of Dkupabai Mekala. Mrs. Mekala is the mother of Hillsboro resident John Mekala. Mr. Mekala owns and operates Rehab Edge in Hillsboro. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria listed on this website for the Educational Foundation Scholarships.  This award may be used for trade schools, two year degree programs or a four year degree program.  Interested students must use the Educational Foundation Scholarship form and application.
     

    JOAN AND BERNARD RAPPE’ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    This $500.00 scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving Hillsboro High School graduate who will be entering the field of Education in honor of Joan and Bernard Rappe’.  Joan Rappe’ served the Hillsboro School District as a choral instructor and director at Hillsboro High School and Hillsboro Jr. High School.  Mr. Bernard Rappe’ was active in community civic affairs, serving as Mayor and a member of the Hillsboro City Council for many years.   Mr. Rappe’ served on the District steering committee to build the new Beckemeyer and Coffeen Elementary Schools.  

    Both Joan and Bernard received Service to Mankind awards from the Hillsboro Sertoma Club for their civic activities and for their service to the community.

     

    BETTY AND IDA BAUMAN NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

    This annual scholarship has been established as a tribute to Betty and Ida Bauman for deserving Hillsboro High School students who wish to enter into the field on nursing.  Betty Bauman was very active in community affairs, especially with activities of the Hillsboro Hospital Auxiliary.

    These annual scholarships for tuition and fees will be awarded to individuals planning to embark upon a career of nursing. Four or more scholarships will be available during 2015. This scholarship may be used for two, three, or four year programs.
    The scholarship is renewable upon written application to the counselor's office at Hillsboro High School. Students wishing to renew the application for subsequent years must contact the Hillsboro High School counselors office for the application no later than March 13, 2015.     
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    ERIK PAUL WESTERMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    This scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Erik Paul Westerman, a 1998 Hillsboro High School graduate, to a deserving student who exhibits an interest in computer graphics/art and or high end automotive technician-technical education for a career in the high performance automotive industry. 
     

    MARY ANN PRETNAR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    This award is presented to a deserving Hillsboro High School graduate by the Alan Pretnar family through the Hillsboro Education Foundation in honor of his mother, Mrs. Mary Ann Pretnar.  Mrs. Pretnar, a 1937 graduate of Hillsboro High School, ran a business and a farm for most of her life.  The scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria listed on this website for the Educational Foundation Scholarships.  This award may be used for trade schools, two year degree programs or a four year degree program.  Interested students must use the Educational Foundation Scholarship form and application.
     

    ROBERT ZIMMERMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    This award is presented to a deserving Hillsboro High School graduate by the many friends and family members through the Hillsboro Education Foundation in honor of Mr. Robert Zimmerman.  Mr. Zimmerman was a successful representative of State Farm in the Hillsboro Area.  Mr. Zimmerman was highly respected and active in community activities and affairs.  He provided assistance to  many individuals and causes in the community.  This scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria listed on this website for the Educational Foundation Scholarships.  This award may be used for trade schools, two year degree programs or a four year degree program.  Interested students must use the Educational Foundation Scholarship form and application.

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    LEANNE R. HARPOLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARHSIP
    This $500.00 Teacher Education Scholarship award is presented annually to a deserving Hillsboro High School senior.  Betty and Bill Harpole have generously established this scholarship to honor their late daughter, Leanne R. Harpole, who graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in Psychology. The recipient of this award must be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student at an accredited college pursuing a major in teacher education.  Interested students must use the Educational Foundation Scholarship form and application.
     
    PAT FUEHNE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
    This $500.00 scholarship has been established by the Bob Fuehne Family in honor of Mrs. Pat Fuehne, a teacher in the gifted education program for many years. The scholarship will be awarded to the candidate who participates in advanced placement classes.  
     
    HILLSBORO SERTOMA SCHOLARSHIP (Service to Mankind)
    Sertoma stands for “Service to Mankind”.  The organization is international in scope with the purpose “to meet the needs of communities through volunteer service”.  The vision of Sertoma is “to create communities of change under common leadership and with a common voice that will serve many in need”
    This scholarship is being offered to encourage and reward our young people, to volunteer their time and talent, in serving others.  Applicants will be judged on Quality of Service and Stewardship in serving others.  Applicants must demonstrate and document service achievements.  
     
     

    LEONA AND LOUIS HUBER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    The Leona and Louis Huber Memorial Scholarship has  been established by their children to the honor the memory of Leona and Louis.  Louis Huber was a lone time State Farm Insurance Agent in Hillsboro.  He is very active in church and community activities.  He and his wife, Leona, raised their family on the family farm east of Hillsboro.  
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    HOLLY HARVEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
    The $500.00 Holly Harvey Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving Hillsboro High School senior pursuing training in the medical field.  Holly Harvey served the Hillsboro community as both a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for almost twenty years.
     

    EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

    Scholarships ranging from $500-$1000 are presented annually to graduates of Hillsboro High School by the Educational Foundation.  Funding for these scholarships is made possible by donations from alumni that are designed toward scholarships.  Included in the 2015 Scholarship program will be the following scholarships:  Mary Ann Pretnar Memorial Scholarship; Robert Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship; Dkupabai Mekala Memorial Scholarship, as well as a number of scholarships provided by donations by alumni.  All scholarships listed above will use the Educational Foundation Scholarship application.
     
    GLENN AND KAY FRAME EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP 
     This scholarship is for a Hillsboro High School graduate graduating with a "B" average or higher from HHS and planning to enter the field of education.  

    The Glenn and Kay Frame Teacher Education Scholarship has been established by relatives in honor of Glenn and Kay.  Glenn served as a long time teacher in the Hillsboro School District, teaching 8th grade mathematics and social studies at Hillsboro Jr. High School.  Mr. Frame also served as a principal of Beckemeyer School in Hillsboro prior to his teaching career at the Junior High School.  Kay Frame finished her career in the Litchfield School District where she taught for many years as a third grade teacher.

    Mr. and Mrs. Frame were very active in the Hillsboro area as members of the Hillsboro Lions Club, where he served as president and many years on the board of directors.  He also served as District Governor.  Glenn and Kay represented Hillsboro at many state, national, and international conventions.  This scholarship is available to any graduating Hillsboro High School student planning to enter the field of education.
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    ANITA T. AND JOHN F. RUNDQUIST SCHOLARSHIP
    This $1000.00 Teacher Education Scholarship award is presented annually to a deserving Hillsboro High School senior through the Foundation by the Rundquist family to honor their parents, Anita T. and John F. Rundquist.  These individuals are life-long community residents in the Butler area with a strong commitment to education and agriculture.  Mr. Rundquist served many years on the Hillsboro District Board of Education.
     
    The recipient of this award must be enrolled or accepted as a student at an accredited post-secondary school with the intent of studying agriculture or foods and nutrition (academic, applied or technology degree). 
     
     
    DENNIS WILSON
    This scholarship was established by friends and family of the late Dennis Wilson.  Mr. Wilson worked as an iron worker and a business agent for various trade unions.  He was instrumental in helping youth to develop good work ethics and to pursue a trade apprentice program.  Trades that provide for apprenticeship programs include:  Carpenters, Cement Masons and Plasterers, Electricians, Iron Workers, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Plumbers and Gasfitters, Sheet Metal Workers. The amount of scholarship will depend upon donations received by the Foundation.

    This scholarship is available to any student who wishes to enter into an apprentice program in the various building trades.  While not an absolute requirement, the student should have participated in a vocation program at Hillsboro High School or the Area Vocational Center in which Hillsboro High School participates.  Helpful classes include: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry Sketching or Drafting, Science, Industrial Technology classes, and English, The scholarship may be used for appropriate apprentice expenses such as testing, equipment, and/or tuition.    Contact the Hillsboro High School Counselor for specific information.  
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    LAVINA WHITLOCK BERTRAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 

    Lavina Whitlock Bertram grew up in Hillsboro and graduated from Hillsboro High School.  Mrs. Bertram’s father was Montgomery County Sheriff (H. Dwight Whitlock) and her sister, Curtis Lee Bertram Neely owned and operated the Dutch Mill for many years.  This scholarship is being provided through a generous donation by Mr. Kenneth Bertram.  It is designed for a FEMALE student who plans to attend a four year accredited post-secondary Illinois College or University.  Preference will be given to a Female student studying in one of the following professional areas:  Nursing, Business related profession, Music, or other professional field.  The applicant is requested to request an application from the Counselor’s office and to complete the application as required.   This is a one year, $1000.00 scholarship and is not renewable.
     
     
     
Last Modified on February 13, 2017