Five local students receive Mattoon High School 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.

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