Mattoon Area Community Foundation
Mattoon High School Alumni Scholarship Fund PDF Print E-mail

Purpose:  To provide scholarships for graduates of Mattoon High School.
For information on donating to this fund, contact Joedy Hightower, President/CEO at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 217-342-4988 or click on the pledge card link below.

Mattoon High School Alumni Scholarship Fund pledge card


06-23-2015

Mattoon High School Alumni Scholarship recipients announced

The Mattoon High School Alumni Scholarship Fund provides assistance for Mattoon High School seniors and graduates pursuing higher education.  The scholarship was created in 2011 with the leadership of David Janssen, Class of 1971.  Donations from individuals, alumni, classes and the community contribute to an endowed fund which continues to grow and provide scholarships into perpetuity.

Karlie Lading received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Lading plans to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  This scholarship is made in honor of the Florence Parker Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the Mattoon Area Community Foundation that provided a challenge match to the MHS Alumni scholarship committee.

Macie Drum received a $500 scholarship to attend Eastern Illinois University, where she plans to earn an Associates Degree in graphic design.  This scholarship is made in honor of the Helen K. Janssen Family.

Sydney Edwards received a $1,000 scholarship in honor of the William Hamel Jr. Family.  She will be attending Eastern Illinois University, where she plans to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing.

Elizabeth Bradbury received a $1,000 scholarship and will be attending University of Illinois, Champaign, where she plans to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and apply for graduate studies in large animal Veterinary Medicine.

Alexandria Betts received a $500 scholarship and will be attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Betts aspires to become a missionary educator after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in English language teaching in the global classroom.
Caption (L to R):  Alexandria Betts, Elizabeth Bradbury, Macie Drum, Sydney Edwards, Karlie Lading









07-21-2014

2014 Five local students receive MHS Alumni Scholarships

Shelby Cox received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  Cox plans to further her education in nursing.  This scholarship is made in honor of the Florence Parker Fund, a donor-advised fun managed by the Mattoon Area Community Foundation that provided a challenge match to the MHS Alumni scholarship committee that resulted in a gift of $10,000 to the scholarship fund in 2013.

Kaytlyn Gordon received a $500 scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  Gordon plans to further her education in nursing. This scholarship is made in honor of the Helen K. Janssen Family.

Three additional students received scholarships from this fund in 2014.  Derek Pierce received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Eastern Illinois University with plans to major in Finance; Nicholas Polston received a $500 scholarship and will be attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and will be pursuing a career in physical therapy; and Ashley Purvis received a $500 scholarship and will be attending Kaskaskia College to pursue a degree in biology. 








2013 - Four local students receive MHS Alumni Scholarships

The Mattoon High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, established in 2010, awarded four scholarships this year to the following MHS graduates:

Stacey Hildebrand received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Eastern Illinois University.  Stacey plans to further her education in art therapy.  This scholarship is made in honor of the Florence Parker Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the Mattoon Area Community Foundation that provided a challenge match to the MHS Alumni scholarship committee that resulted in a gift of $10,000 to the scholarship fund.

Lacey Solomon received a $1,000 scholarship to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Lacey plans to further her education biological sciences in the pre-medicine program. 

Orville Utsler III received a $500 scholarship to attend Lake Land College.  Orville plans to transfer to a four year university to pursue a career in agriculture.  This scholarship is made in honor of the Helen K. Janssen Family.

Stephen Dyer received a $500 scholarship to attend Universal Technical Institute.  Stephen will be studying automotive technology. 

According to David Janssen, co-founder of the MHS Alumni Scholarship Fund, “We were able to increase the number of awards this year because of the generosity of alumni families and friends of Mattoon High School.   Our long term goal is to eventually receive donations from every alumni class or at least have a donation from individuals representing every MHS class from 1945 to 2013.   Our fundraising goal is to increase our endowment by $10,000 in 2013.  If we meet our goal we would be able to award five scholarships next year.”

For more information about the Mattoon High School Alumni Scholarship Fund or the Mattoon Area Community Foundation, contact Joedy Hightower, at 217-235-2500. 
2013 MHS Alumni Scholarship Recipients



Donors

The MHS Alumni Scholarship Fund was created by Alumni and Friends of MHS.  Donors making a contribution in 2011-2012 of $100 or more are recognized as a member of the MHS Alumni Scholarship Founders Club.

2013 Donors:  

Scott & Jenny Anderson, James & Mary Bailey, Gary & Debra Dowling, Brian Fogarty, Howell-Adams Family Foundation, Joseph & Janet Hovious, David & Julie Janssen, Jill Scrimager-Ladsdale, Janice Mann, MHS Class of 1963, Papa Murphy's Pizza in Mattoon, WKW Enterprises

MHS Alumni Classes who have supported this fund:  1946, 1953, 1961, 1963, 1977

Final MHS Alumni List