Submitted by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Haley Fuoco, 18, a recent graduate of Highland Park High School, was awarded one of seven $1,000 Illinois DAR scholarships available to Illinois high school students who will attend an institute of higher learning in the state.
The North Shore Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored Haley's application.
Fuoco has enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will study biology as a James Scholar, which provides advanced scholarly activity for high performing students.
She plans to enter the field of genetic counseling because, as Fuoco explained, "My dad's whole family has suffered from cancer, and I'm interested in looking into the causes."
Fuoco's essay detailing her academic achievements and her future goals prompted the support from the local chapter and, ultimately, recognition by the three-person state scholarship committee.
Fuoco's active high school schedule included successful completion of seven advanced placement courses, volunteering for Special Olympics and at Bernie's Book Bank, and working as a swim teacher and at a local boutique.
"Haley's impressive character is evidenced by her commitment to her school, her family and to her community," said Joan Shannahan, North Shore Chapter's scholarship chairman.
"We were thrilled that Haley was awarded the scholarship from the state DAR organization, and hope to provide such links to financial support for future students."
Fuoco learned about the scholarship opportunity from a listing Shannahan sent to her high school counseling department.
The North Shore Chapter NSDAR was established in 1893 and has initiated projects supporting historic preservation, education and patriotism. Most recently, North Shore Chapter facilitated a $10,000 grant for historic preservation of the east Lake Forest train station and offered more than $2,000 in scholarship money for college-bound students from Highland Park High School and North Chicago Community High School.
For more information about scholarships, contact Willard Helander at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/general-info.
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