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    Goodwill® Scholarships Support IL Students Facing Challenges to Education

    Sam Schmitz and Jack Becherer pose with giant check representing scholarship donationsEarlier this summer, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois (Rockford) ­­awarded $15,000 for two scholarships to assist persons at Rock Valley College who face challenges to advancing their education.

    The scholarships — designed to enable the recipients to build a better future for themselves, their families and the entire community — were made possible by funds raised from the Goodwill’s Diva Dress Sale and Fashion Show last March.

    “This scholarship program is a perfect match for Goodwill’s mission of assisting persons with barriers to achieve the dignity of work through advanced education at Rock Valley College,” said Sam Schmitz, president of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois.

    The two scholarships included the Jon Lundin Scholarship, for students interested in manufacturing, technology or green technology with preference to persons with a disability; and the DoAnn Geiger Scholarship, for individuals with a disability interested in further education.

    Lundin was a community leader and local historian who brought an entrepreneurial spirit and creativity to the Rockford manufacturing and business community.  He was also the previous president of the Rockford Goodwill. Geiger was a community volunteer for a number of organizations and was the founder of Northwestern Illinois Special Olympics. She was also a long time board member of Goodwill Industries.

    Dr. Jack Becherer, president of Rock Valley College added, “RVC is honored and grateful to accept this generous scholarship donation.  Contributions such as this directly impact the lives of many in our community.  Together Goodwill and RVC are changing lives through education.”

    Jenni B. Baker
    Jenni B. Baker was a member of Goodwill Industries International’s digital team from 2009-2016. In her role, she supported content strategy and development for Goodwill’s digital properties, including Goodwill’s public blog and email newsletters.
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    • Matthew Kozera
      September 6th, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Hello, My name is Matthew. I am 1 37 years old who is disabled. I am trying to get back to school, so I can better myself, with ajob I like. The only problem with that dream is money. I am on disability, which pays for my apartment, food…etc. Now I write ask for your help,because I know who many people you help. I thank you before the decision, just for all the help you provide for people.

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