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Teens awarded scholarships from Holmstad residents

Seven high school staffers honored at Batavia awards dinner

Residents of The Holmstad in Batavia have made possible scholarships for seven students who have been working at the retirement community: Sarah Kroger (front row) and Grace Borchardt; second row, Kat Storch and Dzhamilya Khurshidova; and back row, Matthew Hiller, Michelle Gonzalez and Josie Paul.
Residents of The Holmstad in Batavia have made possible scholarships for seven students who have been working at the retirement community: Sarah Kroger (front row) and Grace Borchardt; second row, Kat Storch and Dzhamilya Khurshidova; and back row, Matthew Hiller, Michelle Gonzalez and Josie Paul.

BATAVIA – Seven high school students are benefiting from the generosity of residents from The Holmstad retirement community in Batavia by receiving a total of $7,600 in scholarships to continue their education.

The Residents’ Association Scholarship Committee recently conducted an awards dinner at which each recipient, who works at the community, was recognized, a news release stated. Award recipients and their families also enjoyed dinner with residents and the Scholarship Committee members.

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

Recipients

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

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

• 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.

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

• 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.

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

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.

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