Fremd grad earns Palatine Sister Cities scholarship

A scholarship award ceremony is planned at Saturday's Palatine farmers market for a Fremd High School graduate being honored by the Sister Cities Association of Palatine.

The association will give the $4,000 scholarship to Gleny Witzel during an event set for 11:30 a.m. at the market, held in the Metra commuter parking lot, 137 W. Wood St.

Officials said the scholarship was available to graduating seniors from Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, Northwest Suburban High School District 214 and Elgin Area School District U-46. It is intended to help students further their study of French language and culture, recognizing the Palatine nonprofit organization's Sister City relationship with Fontenay-le-Comte, France, that was established 25 years ago.

Contenders for the scholarship submitted transcripts, recommendations and a letter of personal merit and intentions. Witzel will get to use $2,000 from the scholarship for expenses at the University of Michigan, where she'll start her college career in the fall, with the other $2,000 going toward a cultural immersion trip to Fontenay-le-Comte within the next four years.

The Sister Cities Association of Palatine operates the weekly farmers market, which is open every Saturday through Oct. 31.

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