The Black Hawk College East Foundation honored both those who gave and those who received at its annual scholarship banquet Oct. 3 at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona, Illinois.
Welcoming benefactors, scholarship recipients and their guests, college and foundation leadership, faculty and staff were Doug Parrott, vice chair of the Black Hawk College East Foundation Board of Directors; Liz Breedlove, executive director of the Black Hawk College East Foundation, Dr. Bettie Truitt, president of Black Hawk College; and Dr. Betsey Morthland, executive dean.
Janene Blodgett Lourdeau, professor emerita and benefactor of the Lyle & Marie Blodgett Memorial Scholarship, shared the many life lessons she learned from her parents, Lyle and Marie Blodgett.
“My parents expected my brother and me to continue our education and to learn as many hands-on skills as possible outside of the classroom,” she said.
“Black Hawk College has these goals as well by providing students with the educational resources to become lifelong learners, inside and outside the classroom,” Blodgett Lourdeau said.
Breedlove thanked all of the scholarship benefactors “for your belief in Black Hawk College East Campus and the worthy students you support.”
She also congratulated the 2017-18 scholarship recipients.
“It is our hope that you will always remember the kind assistance you have received from our benefactors, and when you are able, will eagerly pay this generosity forward,” Breedlove said.
A total of $100,516 was awarded to 69 students for 2017-18. The East Foundation maintains 91 scholarship funds with assets of more than $2.45 million. Since 2010, East Campus students have received $768,927 in scholarships from the foundation.
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.
For individual photos of the Black Hawk College students who attended the banquet, visit Black Hawk College on Facebook.
The scholarship recipients by hometown are:
(All towns are in Illinois unless indicated otherwise.)
Annawan — Rylie Smith — Lyle and Marie Blodgett Memorial Scholarship
Bainbridge, IN — Jessica Hays — Robin Moreland Memorial Equine Scholarship, William & Elizabeth Dolieslager Scholarship
Blanchard, MI — Morgan Carrick — Livestock Judging Scholarship
Blandinsville — Devon Boyer — Verlin & Joan Jackson Livestock Judging Scholarship
Brazil, IN — John Mace — Dean L. Bates Scholarship, Janssen-Ewoldsen Family Agriculture Scholarship
- Emalee Brink– Eleanor Washburn Scholarship
- Caleb Franck — Harriet McCarthy Scholarship
- Jamie Franck — Amelia Wallen Henry County Fair Pageant
- Alexander Owens — Demmler Business/Technology Scholarship
- Ryley Rusk — Dave Lapan Memorial Scholarship
- Hanna Thompson — GROWMARK Schlarship, Nancy & Wayne Hier Scholarship, Walter H. Schreck Scholarship
Canton — Mikayla Osborne — Holmquist Scholarship
Caracas, Venezuela — Ezequiel Bustamante Machado — Verlin & Joan Jackson Endowed Equine Scholarship
Casey — Allison Gossett — Dr. C. Scott Dickinson Scholarship
- Kiovante Buckner — Brick Lundberg Scholarship
- Melissa Smith — Black Hawk College Endowed Equine Scholarship
Chillicothe — Samantha Dixon — Dr. Glenn I. Luymes Veterinary Technology Scholarship
Eau Claire, MI — Caleb Peppel — Dr. Gene Gardner IMPACT Scholarship, Elmer Brose Scholarship
Eolia, MO — Katherine Koenig — Agri-Business Club Alumni Scholarship, Dale and Helen Swanson Scholarship
Fairbury — Grayson Cottrell — Susan Shipp Memorial Scholarship
- Rachel Heck — Debbie Kitterman Memorial Scholarship
- Hena Patel — Henry County Association of Independent Insurance Agents Scholarship
- Adam Gradert — Cory Lowderman Memorial Scholarship, Cory Lowderman Scholarship (Freshman Challenge Award)
- Samantha Mannon — Kandis Family Equine Scholarship
Gilson — Blake Hennenfent — Livestock Judging Scholarship
Great Meadows, NJ — Ryleigh Semanchik — Black Hawk East Foundation Scholarship, Cargill Equine Scholarship, Piper Scholarship
Hooppole — Hunter Matney — Walter H. Schreck Scholarship
Huntington, IN — Courtney Coffman — Agricultural Fund Scholarship, Colwell Scholarship
Iron Ridge, WI — Emily Schulz — Livestock Judging Scholarship
- Sydney Baughman — Harriet McCarthy Scholarship, Jeff Owens Memorial Scholarship
- Jacob Boswell — Kewanee Kiwanis Club Scholarship, Kewanee Rotary Club Scholarship
- Kendra Clark — Frank Gerard Memorial Scholarship, John L. Haines, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
- Ty Cruse — Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial CNA Scholarship
- Adam Dynes — Walter H. Schreck Scholarship
- Justine Gallagher — David Bradbury Scholarship, Theodore and Penny Vlahos Scholarship
- Ana Gonzalez — Darlene Collinson Endowed Scholarship, Dean W. Stoner Scholarship
- John Lee — Black Hawk East Welding Scholarship, Dave Lapan Memorial Scholarship
- Mikayla Puskar — Frank Gerard Memorial Scholarship, Otto Schwefel Scholarship
- Delaney Smith — Walter H. Schreck Scholarship
- Ashley Songer — Walter H. Schreck Scholarship
- Yoninah Yisrael — Mehaffey Memorial Scholarship
Kirkland — Megan Exner — Dean L. Bates Scholarship
Knoxville — Alec Lester — Dean L. Bates Scholarship, Walter H. Schreck Scholarship
Laura — Haley Smith — EALgreen Scholarship
Melrose Park, IL — Fabiola Corral — Dale and Helen Swanson Scholarship
Miles, IA — Aaliyah Maze — Holmquist Scholarship
Mt. Pulaski — Kamryn Aylesworth — Black Hawk East General Scholarship, Ron & Teresa Brown Memorial Scholarship
Neponset — Natalie Balunis — Peterson-Martin Engineering Scholarship
Orion — Chelsea Vyncke — Walter H. Schreck Scholarship
Osco — Rachel Perry — Eleanor Washburn Scholarship
Oswego — Morgan Kaufmann — 25 for 25 Scholarship, Kandis Family Equine Scholarship
Palmyra, WI — Ryan Isaacsen — Holmquist Scholarship
Plymouth, IN — Lillian Bottorff — EALgreen Scholarship, Peoples National Bank Scholarship
Pocahontas, AR — Brittany Luttrell — Dan Hoge Livestock Judging Scholarship
Powell Butte, OR — Kinsey Ayres — Black Hawk East Alumni Club Scholarship, Robert H. & Bernice Eastman Memorial Scholarship
Princeville — Holly Goodman — Erickson Family Endowment Scholarship, Kewanee Area Business Women’s Scholarship
Serena — Griffin Tuftie — Cargill Equine Scholarship
Sugar Grove — Taylor Emigh — Peoples National Bank Endowed Equine Scholarship
Taylorville — Madison Taylor — Dean L. Bates Scholarship
Toulon — Kaley Rouse — Amelia Wallen Henry County World Festival Pageant, Bea Haines Endowed Scholarship, Black Hawk East Foundation Scholarship
Wheaton — Ally Hanna — Anderson Memorial Scholarship, Black Hawk East General Scholarship
Williamsfield — Curtis Howerton — Walter H. Schreck Scholarship
Williamsville — Kayla Humphres — Brick Lundberg Scholarship
- Zachary Anderson — Amelia Wallen Memorial Scholarship
- Bradley Bowman — George & Mary Lee Wilsey Endowed Skilled Trades Scholarship
Woodridge — Kellie Zaroslinski — Holmquist Scholarship
- Makenzi Lantz — 25 for 25 Scholarship
- Katie McCauley — Amelia Wallen Old Settler’s Association Pageant
- Lucas Wisnefski — Livestock Judging Scholarship