• HILLSBORO EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION 
    SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND AWARDS

    2021
     
    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:
    • ANITA T. AND JOHN F. RUNDQUIST
    • BANK OF HILLSBORO BUSINESS
    • BETTY AND IDA BAUMANN NURSING
    • BLEDSAW FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
    • BONNIE IRELAND MEMORIAL
    • DALE STRETCH VOCATIONAL ED. AWARD
    • DONNA SPRINGER MEMORIAL
    • DUSTY CAMERON MEMORIAL
    • EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
    • EDWARD A. GOYAK
    • ELLEN MCGURTY NURSING
    • ERIK PAUL WESTERMAN
    • GLENN AND KAY FRAME
    • HILLSBORO SERTOMA SERVICE
    • H.E. AND CATHERINE WOODRUFF MEMORIAL
    • HOLLY HARVEY MEMORIAL
    • JAMES AND CECILIA HAYES
    • JAN YOUNG MEMORIAL
    • JOAN AND BERNARD RAPPE’ MEMORIAL
    • KIEFER BROTHERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
    • KRUPABAI MEKALA MEMORIAL SCHOLARHIP
    • LAVINA WHITLOCK BERTRAM
    • LAMOINE REEVES MEMORIAL 
    • LEANNE R. HARPOLE MEMORIAL
    • LEONA AND LOUIS HUBER MEMORIAL
    • MARY ANN PRETNAR MEMORIAL
    • MEL AND JACQUELINE HESLOV
    • MERCEDES V. LESSMAN MEMORIAL
    • MIRANDA SINGLER MEMORIAL
    • MORMINO FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
    • NELLIE MACKEY TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP
    • PAT FUEHNE ACADEMIC
    • PRECISE SPECIALTIES CORPORATION, owners of Precise Specialties Corp. in Hillsboro
    • RIK AND SHELBY DENICKE SCHOLARSHIP
    • ROBERT ZIMMERMAN MEMORIAL
    • ROSE MORMINO TEACHER EDUCATION
    • ROY L. HERTEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
    • SCHLUCKEBIER SCHOLARSHIP
    • WILLIAM SCHLUCKEBIER MEMORIAL 

     

    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. 

     

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    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. 

     

     

    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). 

     

    BANK OF HILLSBORO BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

     

    This $500.00 scholarship is awarded annually through the Foundation by the 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.

     

    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 2019. 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 counselor’s office for the application no later than March 13, 2019.  

    BLEDSAW FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

     

    This $1000 Bledsaw Family Scholarship has been established by Ms. Bledsaw.  It may be used for tuition, fees, and books at an accredited college, university, or trade school.

     

     

     

    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.

     

    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. 

     

    DONNA SPRINGER MEMORIAL

    This $1000 Scholarship has been established by Mrs. Springer's husband, Dennis Springer, in her memory.  The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and books and is awarded annually to a deserving HHS graduate. 

     

    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.

    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.

     

    EDWARDS 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 had an intense interest in government and public administration. 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.

     

    ELLEN MCGURTY NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

     

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

     

    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.

     

     

    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 states, national, and international conventions.  This scholarship is available to any graduating Hillsboro High School student planning to enter the field of education. 

     

    H.E. "WOODY" AND CATHERINE WOODRUFF FAMILY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP-click to download description and application

    This scholarship has been established as a tribut to H.E. "Woody" and Catherine Woodruff for deserving Hillsboro High School graduates who wish to enter the fields of language (English or foreign) education or agriculture (with a priority given to forestry). One $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving HHS graduate annually, depending on resources available.  The recipient must attend a four year college or university.  The scholarship will be announced at the HHS Honor's Night by a member of the Hillsboro Educational Foundation.  

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    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. 

     

    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.

     

    KIEFER BROTHERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

     

    The Kiefer Brothers Memorial Scholarships are awarded to Hillsboro High School seniors during the 2017-2018 school year.  Charles l. Kiefer and Jerad J. Keifer, sons of Paul and Julie Kiefer passed away during their elementary school years from complications of bone marrow transplants.  Two or more $500 scholarships will be awarded in the memory of Charles and Jerad this year.  Please contact the Counselor's office at Hillsboro High School for more information.

     

    KRUPABAI .D. 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.

    LAMOINE REEVES MEMORIAL TEACHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP-click to download description and application

    p The LaMoine Reeves Teacher Education Scholarship has been established by the family of Mr. Reeves.  Mr. Reeves was a graduate of Hillsboro High School and devoted thirty-one years of service to the Hillsboro School District as first a teacher, and then a beloved principal, at Coffeen Elementary School.  One scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount of %500.00, depending on resources available.  This scholarship will be announced at the Hillsboro High School Honor's Night by a member of the Reeves family.  

     

    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.

     

    LEANNE R. HARPOLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

     

    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.

     

    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 long 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.  

     

    ALBERT & MARY ANN BERNARDINI 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.

     

    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. 

     

    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.

     

    MIRANDA SINGLER SCHOLARSHIP

    This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Miranda Singler, a 2006 graduate of Hillsboro High School.  It is given in celebration of her vibrant and adventurous spirit, kind nature, and her significant creative and artisitc talents and achievements.  Preference will be given to a student with inerest in the arts. 

    Nellie Mackey Teacher Education Scholarship

    This $1000.00 award is presented annually to a deserving Hillsboro High School graduate through the generosity of the family of Nellie Mackey.  Mrs. Mackey taught in Irving Grade School and then at Beckemeyer Elementary School for 21 years.  This scholarship has been established in her memory.  Scholarship is due in the counseling office by February 12, 2021.

     

     

    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.  

    PRECISE SPECIALTIES CORPORATION SCHOLARSHIP/OWNERS OF PRECISE SPECIALTIES CORPORATION HERE IN HILLSBORO. 

     

    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.

     

    RICK AND SHELBY DENICKE SCHOLARSHIP-click to download description and application

    This $1,500.00 scholarship for tuition and fees will be awarded to a Hillsboro High School graduate by Rik and shelby (Rives) Denicke. Mrs. Denicke is a 1999 graduate of Hillsboro School and now resides in the St. Louis area with her husband Rik and two sons.  The Denicke's have acquired five college degrees between the two of them and are therefore aware of the cost of attaining higher education and the burden of school loans.  They recognize that they would not have obtained their success without the support of others, include the Hillsboro community.  The scholarship may be used for tuition and fees for accredited trade schools, two year degree programs or a four year program.  

     

    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.

     

    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 up to $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 scholarships of $1000.00 are available to applicants.

     

    ROY L. HERTEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 

     

    This scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Roy L. Hertel by generous gifts and donations from his family, friends, and associates. Mr. Hertel served the Hillsboro School District as a teacher and coach.  He served Montgomery County as the Circuit Clerk.  He served as an administrator with the State of Illinois Department of Human Services and as County Board Chairman for a number of years.  Mr. Hertel was an active member of the Hillsboro Lions club where he served in a number of different positions, both at the local and State level.

     

    Applicants should read carefully the criteria for this scholarship.  The applicant must be enrolled or accepted with the intention of studying in one of the following professional areas:  Government, History, Political Science, or Public Administration.  This scholarship is available to a graduating Hillsboro High School Senior and will be announced at the annual High school Honor's Night Program in May.  One scholarship of $1000 will be awarded. 

     

    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.  

Last Modified on April 29, 2021