Editorial: Elburn Herald scholarship applications due March 1

By on February 16, 2012

Students that choose to pursue higher education after graduating high school are faced with a tough challenge: to achieve the goal of graduating college, they will have to potentially take on massive debt.

The Elburn Herald offers two scholarship opportunities for Kaneland seniors (or graduates) to earn $1,000 toward offsetting the cost of higher education.

The Louise Cooper Community Service Award is in memory of Louise Cooper, who nurtured the Kaneland area for over three decades as the owner, publisher and editor of the Elburn Herald. She lived the ideals of journalism, focusing on serving her readers by providing fair, balanced and responsible reporting with a community focus. Louise could best be described as a woman of integrity: a positive influence on others. She was intelligent, patient, and kind: gracious, sincere and caring; respectful and respected; often ahead of the times, but above all, trusted in the community. One $1,000 scholarship is available to a Kaneland High School senior or Kaneland graduate enrolled in a college undergraduate program. The scholarship is designed to support students who display a desire to serve their communities with integrity, compassion and courage.

The Elburn Herald Donald L. Watson Scribe Award is a journalism-specific award in honor of Watson’s development of sports coverage for the Elburn Herald. As the scribes of early journalism recorded the events of their day, Don Watson recorded the accomplishments of Kaneland High School athletes. Unable to find results of Kaneland teams in the area newsprint, Don approached The Elburn Herald in 1974 about providing such information. In December of that year, he turned in his first Kaneland sports story “Shucked in Korn Tournament,” which covered the Sycamore boy’s basketball King Korn Tournament. In his endeavor to inform Kaneland fans, he wrote about the Kaneland move into Class A and the demise of the historic Little Seven Conference. His “Knights to Kings” story recorded Kaneland High School’s first State Championship by the 1975 boys track team. In appreciation of Don’s contribution to The Elburn Herald through his sports coverage, Kaneland Publications has established this award to encourage Kaneland students to become journalistic scribes, especially in the field of sports.

If you are interested in either Elburn Herald scholarship, applications are due March 1, and should be turned into the Student Services Office at Kaneland High School.

The Herald isn’t the only local entity offering scholarships to Kaneland students. There are many local organizations that offer scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000.

For more information on either Elburn Herald scholarships, or other local scholarships, contact Maria Mecic at the KHS Student Services Office at (630) 365-5100,ext. 213, or visit www.Kaneland.org/KHS/Guidance.