PRINCETON — This marks the 19th year for awarding the Swan-Eickmeier Scholarship program to Princeton High School seniors.
It is named for Roger Swan and Roger Eickmeier, long-time members of the Princeton Rotary Club and leaders in the community. The scholarship program is open to those PHS high school seniors who commit to continuing their education following graduation.
The $1,000 non-renewable scholarship is paid directly to a graduating senior who intends on pursuing a two-year or four-year college degree. Selection is based on academic achievement, extracurricular and community activities, letters of recommendation, and an essay expressing how Rotary service and ideals will play a role in their future.
Including this year, 67 scholarships have been awarded to PHS students amounting to approximately $61,000. Funds for the scholarship are raised through various fundraising events. The number of applications varies from year to year.
Scholarship chairman Judson Lusher said: “Rotary had 13 scholarship applicants this year, which was fantastic. Fortunately, due to the excellent efforts of the scholarship fundraising committee, we were able to offer four scholarships this year.”
The four recipients for 2019 are Allison Blocki, Alexanderia Borys, Kendra Cain and Victoria Tieman.
Blocki is the daughter of Scott and Sonnie Blocki. She plans to attend Illinois State University, where she will major in biology. She plans to go to dental school after college with the goal of becoming a dentist.
Borys is the daughter of Ben and Katie Borys. She plans to start off at Illinois Valley Community College for her associate’s degree, then move on to possibly Illinois State University. She wishes to pursue a degree in criminal justice, with the goal of serving and protecting her community.
Cain is the daughter of Kyle and Kari Cain. She will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she will major in plant breeding and genetics. She hopes to improve the quality and quantity of the food supply in America by engineering a better crop.
Tieman is the daughter of Dean and Tammy Tieman. She will be attending St. Ambrose University, majoring in exercise science (pre-physical therapy). She wants to go on and earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, also studying athletic training, with a goal of working with athletes and treating athletes with severe injuries.