ST. JOHN | Members of the St. John Chamber of Commerce awarded three, $1,000 scholarships this year to graduating seniors who reside in 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 a $500 scholarship several decades ago, and members have devoted themselves to raising additional money to support the scholarships and invest in the future.
The scholarship fund was increased to two, $500 awards in 2006 and then to four, $500 scholarships in 2009. Chamber members were able to award three $1,000 scholarships this year to Peter Boyd, Keller Phalen and Taylor Stewart.
Boyd graduated from Lake Central High School and will attend Purdue University West Lafayette to major in actuarial science and statistics. He also plans on participating in intramural sports and joining campus clubs.
While at Lake Central, Boyd was a member of the tennis team and his hobbies include playing the guitar in the band at his church and volunteering with several organizations.
Phalen is a 2013 graduate of Lake Central High School whos also attending Purdue University West Lafayette to major in nursing. She will join two older brothers at PU.
“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," Phalen said.
Stewart is the 2013 valedictorian of Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake. While in high school, Stewart was on the varsity volleyball team for four years, the tennis team for two years, treasurer of the senior class, was a member of student council all through high school.
Her extracurricular activities include travel volleyball with the Altitude Volleyball Club from 2006-12, volunteer for Great Lakes Orthopedics and at Franciscan St. Anthony Health Crown Point on the rehabilitation floor.
She 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 as the recipient of the Ambrosian Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship with direct admission into the physical therapy program.