Southwestern Illinois Laborers District Council presents 11 scholarships

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SIX YOUNG WOMEN received this year’s Southwestern Illinois Laborers District Council scholarships. They are (front row, from left) Paige Washansen of Waterloo, Hannah Jones of Godfrey, Makenzy Sorsen of Mt. Olive, Peyton Little of Bethalto, Paige Little of Bethalto and Abigail Little of Bethalto. Sponsors were (back row, from left) Local 196 Business Manager Greg Kipping, Council Scholarship Chairman Dustin Ramage, Council Business Manager Glyn Ramage, Local 338 Business Manager Pat Sheppard and Local 338 Secretary-Treasurer Greg Stimac.

By CARL GREEN

Illinois Correspondent

Fairview Heights – The Southwestern Illinois Laborers District Council presented 11 students with $1,000 scholarships at a dinner June 27 at Elks Lodge 664.

The scholarships can be used for full-time college, community college or vocational programs.

This is the fourth year for the program, which was initiated in 2014 to honor Laborers members Dennis Beard and Greg Mehochko, who were killed in separate accidents.

Since then, the Council has given 56 scholarships to students from throughout the region, using donations from members and from contractors.

To qualify, either the recipient, a parent or a legal guardian must be a member in good standing of the Laborers District Council. Selection is based on high school or college transcripts, proof of admission, financial need and a written essay. A grade point average of at least 2.6 is required.

FIVE YOUNG MEN received this year’s Southwestern Illinois Laborers District Council scholarships. They are (front row, from left) Jacob Washanson of Waterloo, Baker Kipping of Waterloo, Trey Macke of Trenton, Tyler Allison of Jerseyville and Collin Dankenbring of Shipman. Sponsors were (back row, from left) Local 670 Business Manager Travis Craig, Local 218 member Jeff Naville, Local 196 Business Manager Greg Kipping, Council Scholarship Chairman Dustin Ramage, Council Business Manager Glyn Ramage, Local 338 Business Manager Pat Sheppard and  Local 338 Secretary-Treasurer Greg Stimac.

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