ST. JOHN | The members of the St. John Chamber awarded three $1,000 scholarships this year to Peter Boyd, Keller Phalen and Taylor Stewart.
The criteria for eligibility included being a graduating senior and being a resident of the Town of St. John. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic ability, a commitment to receiving advancement in education and community service and involvement.
The Chamber began giving out one $500 scholarship several decades ago. The members devoted themselves to raising additional money to support the scholarships and investing in the future. The scholarship were increased to two $500 in 2006 and then to four $500 scholarships in 2009. The Chamber members were able to award three $1000 scholarships this year.
Peter Boyd had been a resident of St. John for 14 years. He attended Lake Central Schools and graduated from Lake Central High School. Boyd will be attending Purdue University West in Lafayette, IN and be majoring in Actuarial Science and Statistics. He also plans on participating in intramural sports and joining various clubs on campus. While attending Lake Central High School, Boyd was a member of the Lake Central Tennis Team. His hobbies include playing the guitar in the band at his church and volunteering with various organizations for the past several years.
Keller Phalen is a 2013 graduate from Lake Central High School. She will be attending Purdue University West in Lafayette to major in Nursing. Phalen will be joining two older brothers who are already attending the West Lafayette campus. “My parents have a lot on their plate, financially. I ultimately plan to earn my doctorate degree in nursing, which mean a lot of school, so every bit of financial aid helps. That is why I appreciate the assistance and opportunity committees like the St. John Chamber of Commerce provide. They do not realize how much it means to me to have their support, declared Phalen.
Taylor Stewart is a 2013 graduate of Hanover Central High School and is this year’s Valedictorian. While in high school, Stewart was on the varsity volleyball team for four years, the tennis team for two years, Treasurer of the Class of 2013, was a member of student council all through high school and chaired many committees. Her extracurricular activities include traveling to play volleyball with the Altitude Volleyball Club from 2006-2012, served as a volunteer for Great Lakes Orthopedics, and at St. Anthony’s Crown Point facility on the rehabilitation floor. Stewart is the recipient of many awards, which include MVP of the volleyball team, History Student of the Year and being a member of the Porter County All Conference Team for volleyball and academics for two years in a row. Stewart has worked since she has been 16. Her first was in a bakery. She currently works for the YMCA as a camp counselor and at a sports facility in Hobart. Stewart will be attending St. Ambrose University to study exercise science and eventually plans on attending Physical Therapy School.
In additional to receiving the scholarship from the St. John Chamber, she is also the recipient of the Ambrosian Scholarship, which is a full tuition scholarship and has been into the admitted into the direct admission physical therapy program at St. Ambrose, This means that she has a spot reserved for her in the physical therapy graduate program. Taylor also received the Hofer Family "Because You Are" Scholarship. "I am extremely grateful to the St. John Chamber of Commerce for awarding me this scholarship, and I am excited to begin a new chapter of my life at St. Ambrose University”, proclaimed Stewart.