The Deerfield Park Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Linda Gryziecki Scholarships. Deerfield High School Senior Alyssha Glass was selected as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition as she pursues her higher education goals at Ohio State University during 2013-14. Mark Stern, a Deerfield High School graduate entering his sophomore year at Georgetown University, was selected as the recipient of the $1,000 college scholarship in the College Student division.
The Scholarships is named after Linda Gryziecki who retired as Deerfield Park District's Executive Director in 2011 after serving the District for 38 years. The Scholarship was started in 2012 with a single category of high school graduates and college students alike competing for the $1,000 scholarship. Last year's recipient was Callie Wilbat. Thanks in large part to the generous support of Whole Foods Market Deerfield, whose 2012 "5% Community Giving Day" generated nearly $3,500 in funding for these scholarships, along with generous donations by Deerfield Park District board members and other individuals, two separate categories were able to be launched for 2013, one for graduating high school seniors and one for current college students.
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Selections are based on a combination of criteria including work and/or volunteer experience, community service, a minimum of a 3.0 out of 4.0 cumulative grade point average, application form submission with essay and letters of recommendation, and, for semi-finalists, an interview with a committee of Deerfield Park Foundation Directors. This year, Scholarship Committee Chair Vicki Street, along with other Foundation Board Members Chris Goodsnyder, Ed Seidman and Candy LoGiurato, served on the Committee.
On Monday, May 20, Glass and Stern will receive their awards at the regular Deerfield Park Foundation meeting at 7:00 p.m., at Jewett Park Community Center. The recipients were invited to bring family and friends to the presentation which will be made by Linda Gryziecki. The Deerfield Park Board of Commissioners was instrumental in bringing these scholarships to fruition.
The Linda Gryziecki Scholarship is administered through the Deerfield Park Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Deerfield Park District, supporting programs and services, including: Grants-In-Aid for residents in serious financial need to attend Deerfield Park District programs; projects such as Deerfield's ThorGuard Lightning Predication System, Recycling Containers for parks and park/school locations; the Linda Gryziecki Scholarship and more.
The Foundation thanks all of the candidates who applied for this year's Scholarships, congratulates them on all their fine accomplishments to date, and wishes them all the very best in the years to come. The Foundation plans to continue to offer the Linda Gryziecki Scholarships for the 2014-15 school year. Next year's application process is expected to begin in March, 2014. To contribute to the Linda Gryziecki Scholarship or for more information about the Deerfield Park Foundation, please visit www.deerfieldparkfoundation.org, email: info@dfpd, or call 847-572-2611.