The Black Hawk College East Foundation honored both those who gave and those who received at its annual scholarship banquet Oct. 28 at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona, Ill.
Welcoming benefactors, scholarship recipients and their guests, faculty and staff were Steve Spivey, chair of the Black Hawk College East Foundation Board of Directors; Dr. Lee Weimer, interim vice president for instruction and student services; and Chanda Dowell, vice president for East Campus.
Dowell noted that it felt good to be a part of something great. “That’s the easiest way to describe being a part of Black Hawk College,” she said.
She introduced the administration, faculty and staff in attendance and said, “The individuals you just met are a big part of what makes Black Hawk College great. Each and every one of those folks go above and beyond to help students be successful. You will not find a more dedicated group who each understands how they can best contribute to the success of our students.
“Day in and day out, I am humbled by the work of our administration, faculty and staff at all levels,” Dowell said.
“The students are what motivates each and every one of us to give the best of ourselves. And the success of our students is the reward we all seek. Tonight we celebrate those students, many of whom are here because of the generosity of donors who also can share in feeling good about being part of something great.”
Carolyn Anderson, benefactor and guest speaker for the Anderson Memorial Scholarship, explained the origin of her family’s scholarship.
As a graduating high school student, the would-be secretary received a teacher’s scholarship to Western Illinois University. Student teaching led her to realize that teaching was her career choice. Five years teaching in a high school classroom progressed into 29 years at Black Hawk College East Campus.
“While teaching at Black Hawk, I became interested in the equestrian science program mostly because of my friendship with Donna Irvin. When she needed volunteers who had never ridden a horse for a class her students were teaching, I was first in line,” Anderson said. “So began my love for horses.”
When her husband Lanny received a small life insurance policy from his mother’s estate, they decided to donate the money to Black Hawk College and establish the Anderson Memorial Scholarship in memory of their parents. The scholarship is specifically for a student in the equestrian science program.
The Anderson Memorial Scholarship is Carolyn and Lanny Anderson’s way of paying it forward and saying thank you to Black Hawk College East Campus for the years it was their home away from home. At the same time, it gives them the opportunity to help students financially. The Andersons add to the scholarship every year to keep it growing.
Carolyn Anderson challenged the audience to pay it forward.
“Establish a scholarship, chip in on an established scholarship, or be creative and do your own thing to help Black Hawk. When you finish your education and become established in your career, remember Black Hawk. You don’t have to make a big splash – a small puddle that grows will do,” she said.
“Our scholarship benefactors share a practical understanding of and commitment to education and have all invested in it wholeheartedly,” said Liz Breedlove, foundation executive director. “They share the common recognition of the value of learning and advancing the future through support of our students.”
For the 2014-15 school year, the Black Hawk College East Foundation awarded 83 scholarships totaling $79,418 to 64 students. The foundation maintains 84 scholarship funds with assets of more than $1.6 million.
The students shared their reasons for selecting Black Hawk College and detailed how the scholarship monies are assisting them in pursuing their career goals. Without exception, all stressed how grateful they were for the financial support.
“The deep gratitude expressed by our student scholars and heartfelt words of this year’s benefactor speaker truly capture the spirit of this evening and the mission of the college and foundation. On behalf of the BHC East Foundation, we want to thank all of you,” Breedlove said.
The mission of the Black Hawk College East Foundation is to serve as the primary support partner of the East Campus of Black Hawk College by providing for and conducting activities that facilitate the growth and development of the East Campus.
The scholarship recipients by hometown are:
Adam Lloyd • Harriet McCarthy Scholarship
Dominique Davis • Brick Lundberg Scholarship
Jeffrey King • Dr. Gene Gardner Impact Scholarship
Jared Ekstrand • Walter H. Shreck Scholarship
Haley Haverback • Livestock Judging Scholarship
Zane Torrance • Holmquist Scholarship
Samantha Peterson • Amelia Wallen Pageant Scholarship/Old Settler’s Assoc.
Maggie Smith • Colwell Scholarship, Dale & Helen Swanson Scholarship
Paige Charlet • Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial CNA Scholarship
Karen Sall • Walter H. Shreck Scholarship
Eden Endress • Amelia Wallen Pageant Scholarship/Old Settler’s Assoc.
Lillie Beringer • Black Hawk East Foundation Scholarship
Clinton Township, MI
David Lazarus • Dave Lapan Memorial Scholarship
Columbia City, IN
Colton Geiger • Robert H. & Bernice Eastman Memorial Scholarship, Dale & Helen Swanson Scholarship
Judith Showalter • Cargill Equine Scholarship
Benjamin Csech • Galva Tri-County Pullers Scholarship
Christine Todd • Livestock Judging Scholarship
Makayla Maciejewski • Robin Moreland Memorial Scholarship
Breck Debnam • Livestock Judging Scholarship
Savannah Ballard • Debbie Kitterman Memorial Scholarship, John Haines Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Endress • Walter H. Shreck Scholarship
Danielle Neisendorf • Holmquist Scholarship
Kyle Freebern • Walter H. Shreck Scholarship
Samantha Walker • Lyle & Marie Blodgett Memorial Scholarship
Johnson Creek, WI
Aubrey Doherty • General Scholarship Fund, Brick Lundberg Scholarship
Samantha Bickett • Kewanee Area Business Women’s Scholarship, Otto Schwefel Scholarship
Kami Branom • Smith Scholarship, 25 for 25 Scholarship
Karl Branom • Henry County Association of Independent Insurance Agents Scholarship, Peoples National Bank Scholarship
Alissa Elgin • Mehaffey Memorial Scholarship
Annabel Garduno • Erickson Family Endowment Scholarship
Sarah Hughes • Theodore & Penny Vlahos Scholarship
Tyler Hulslander • Walter H. Shreck Scholarship
Jessica Manthe • Jeff Owens Memorial Scholarship, Kewanee Kiwanis Club Scholarship, Nancy & Wayne Hier Scholarship
Kristen Parsons • Dave Lapan Memorial Scholarship
Ryan Silvis • Walter H. Shreck Scholarship
Tyler Johnson • Norma Denzer Scholarship
Andrew Fowler • Butch Downs Memorial Auto Mechanics Scholarship
Johnathan Marshall • Galva Tri-County Pullers Scholarship
Skylee Hemp • Cargill Scholarship
Mt. Pleasant, IA
Jon Michael Rubey • Burns Grange #1839 Agricultural Scholarship
Ashley Hansen • Rosemary E. Ward Scholarship
Victoria Clark • Kewanee Rotary Club Scholarship, Dean W. Stoner Scholarship
Gabby Kubiak • Dave Lapan Memorial Scholarship
Liliana Ruiz • Peterson-Martin Engineering Scholarship, Ron & Teresa Brown Memorial Scholarship
Dylan Murray • Agriculture Fund Scholarship
Shelby Riley • Dean L. Bates Scholarship
Mason Flack • Livestock Judging Scholarship
Rebecca Janes • Black Hawk East Alumni Club Scholarship
Jamie Wall • Piper Scholarship
Kimala Larson • Eleanor Washburn Scholarship
Savannah Speckhart • Livestock Judging Scholarship
Hayden Wilder • Cory Lowderman Memorial Scholarship
Breanna Grebin • Equine Endowed Scholarship
A.J. Line • Livestock Judging Scholarship
Seven Valleys, PA
Logan Foore • Dean L. Bates Scholarship
Clayton Boyert • Livestock Scholarship
Kendall Steines • Dean L. Bates Scholarship
Rachel Riddle • PNP Endowed Equine Scholarship
Kade Knapp • Livestock Judging Scholarship
Danielle Ryckaert • Harriet McCarthy Scholarship
Shania Kraklow • Amelia Wallen Old Settlers Pageant Scholarship
Mallory Espensheid • Livestock Judging Scholarship
Haley Verhaeghe • Holmquist Scholarship
Lauren Prill • Livestock Judging Scholarship
John Reasor • Dean L. Bates Scholarship
Codi Reed • Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Hank LeVan • Elmer Hoge Memorial Scholarship, Mid-Continent Scholarship
Kyle Gehrt • Demmler Business/Technology Scholarship
Emily Paskar • Amelia Wallen Old Settlers Pageant Scholarship