Scholarships assist local students in pursuing their dreams

Madison Springer, a recent Galesburg High School graduate, dreams of the day she can own her own bakery and serve as a hub for her community. A scholarship administered by Galesburg Community Foundation puts her one step closer to achieving these dreams. Madison received the Doloras M. Ryner Business Scholarship, which is awarded to a Galesburg High School senior who has taken a business course and plans to major in a business-related field.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be the recipient of this scholarship and for the investment in my life not only as a businesswoman, but as a person. This scholarship will allow me to be able to take every opportunity I’m given to be able to pursue my dreams,” Madison says.  

Galesburg Community Foundation awarded nine scholarships to a total of eighteen local students. Each scholarship has its own criteria for selection.

Congratulations to the 2024 scholarship recipients.

Doloras M. Ryner Business Scholarship – Madison Springer, Marketing and Business Administration, Monmouth College.

Verna May Sargent ScholarshipSara Bailey, Music, Western Illinois University; Noah Ament, Jazz Studies & Political Science, Lawrence University.

Cole Steele Memorial ScholarshipDane Hennefent, Agriculture Vocational Program, Blackhawk College East; Layne Putnam, Agriculture Education, Iowa State University

John E. Bohan Excellence in Athletics ScholarshipJacob McElwee, Physical Therapy, St. Ambrose University; Carson Horner, Business & Finance, St. Ambrose University; Callie Mason, Clinical Psychology, Brescia University

Steve McBride ScholarshipTaylor Turnquist, Nursing, University of Iowa

Oneida Telephone Exchange ScholarshipMaggie Blust, Education, Western Illinois University

Lyle Pierce Athletic and Leadership ScholarshipCarmyn Huston, Education, Illinois State University; Bryson Hall, Physical Education, Illinois College

The Mille Martin Memorial Academic Achievement Award, Maggie Blust, Education, Western Illinois University

The Helen H. Wetherbee Nursing ScholarshipLauren Rickard, Carl Sandburg College; Madison Behrens, St. Ambrose University; Alycia Haun, Illinois State University; Hope Hawkinson, Southeastern Community College; Ava Morales, Illinois State University

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