Kameron Marshbanks, a 2014 graduate of Seton Academy in South Holland, Ill., is the school’s newest Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar.
The scholarship grants a full scholarship to the any university through graduate school. Marshbanks joins Jason Smith, a Seton Academy alumnus who received the same award in 2013.
Marshbanks received the letter of acceptance on April 18, his birthday. “This was the best birthday gift ever. It was difficult to feel confident while applying because of how many people get denied,” Marshbanks said.
“I feel so accomplished because that helped me realize how much potential I really have. I am more excited for college now that I don’t have to stress about loans in the future.
“There is no excuse now. There is no reason I should not graduate. I am prepared and ready to get my degree,” he added.
The son of George and Tracey Marshbanks, of Dolton, Ill., Marshbanks served as student council president and was instrumental in conducting service projects.
He participated in the South Holland Harvest Food Drive for three years, collecting food products for distribution by Catholic Charities. Each year the students collect three to four tons of food for this project.
“I helped drop bags off at people’s doorsteps and picked them up the following week, along with many other students from Seton. We then sorted the food items for distribution,” he said.
“I like to feel that I am making a difference in the world. I want to give back to a community that has done so much for me,” he added.
Marshbanks plans to study broadcast journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I want to be a TV sports broadcaster, but I plan to take any broadcasting opportunity that may come my way,” he said.
Marshbanks enjoys watching and playing sports with his father, and attends Family Christian Center in Munster.