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Since 2001, Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation’s donors have awarded almost $200,000.00 in scholarships and student awards.

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Meet the 2020 Senior Scholarship Honorees!

  • Keegan Bannon Memorial Scholarship – Kelsey Wells (Central) $4,500.00 attending ISU, majoring in Nursing.
  • Michael Hartter Memorial Scholarship – Tamya Burch (Central) $1,500.00 NIU Political Science.
  • Greg Chew Memorial Scholarship – Ella Burrus (UHS) $1,000.00 attending ISU, majoring in Music Education.
  • Judge Fred Green Memorial Scholarship – Olivia Rosenstein (UHS)$1,000.00 attending MIT, majoring in Bio Engineering.
  • CUSF Difference Maker – John Mulunda (UHS) $500.00 attending Princeton, majoring in Economics.
  • CUSF Difference Maker – Katrina Schideman (Central) $500.00 attending UIUC, majoring in Math/math education.
  • CUSF Difference Maker – Andrew Diep (Centennial) $500.00 attending UIUC, majoring in Health Science.
  • North End Scholarship – Jael Lugano (UHS) $750.00 attending UIUC, majoring in Engineering.
  • North End Scholarship – Tamya Burch (Central) $750.00 attending NIU, majoring in Political Science.
  • Ben Watts Memorial Scholarship – Liara Aber (Central) $1,000.00 attending UIUC. majoring in Communications or Political Science.
  • Ben Watts Memorial Scholarship – Nikolas Johnson (Central) $1,000.00 attending UIUC, majoring in Kinesiology.
  • Mariel and James Sholem Scholarship – Liara Aber (Central) $1,000.00 attending UIUC, majoring in Communications or Political Science.
  • Mariel and James Sholem Scholarship – Brian Oviedo (Central) $1,000.00 attending UIUC (new scholarship with first award given in fall 2019).
  • Central HS Alumni Scholarship – Samantha Drollinger (Central) $1,500.00 attending Parkland College/ISU, majoring in Special Education.
  • Centennial HS Alumni Scholarship – Brynne Kenner (Centennial) $500.00 attending UIUC, majoring in Special Education.
  • Urbana Community Music Scholarship – $1,000.00 awarded to an Urbana High School band student.
  • Perrino Music Scholarships – $1,689.86 to be given to Urbana Middle School and Urbana High School band and orchestra students to attend summer music camps or virtual music lessons.

Total awarded in FY2020 = $19,689.86


Keegan Bannon Memorial Scholarship Fund This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Keegan Bannon an extraordinary Central High School student who passed away unexpectedly in 2010. Keegan’s love of academics, sports and music along with his determination to excel with dedication to a variety of friendships are central to this award. This scholarship was created to reward a graduating Central High School senior who through determination, positive attitude and hard work has exceeded expectations in academics and extra-curricular activities such as music, sports, student government, or other school activities. (approx. $4,800)

The Michael Hartter Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Central High School Class of 1995 graduate Michael Hartter. When Michael was a student at Central he enjoyed participating in a wide range of activities including baseball and football as well as show choir and madrigals, earning letters in both academics and sports. This scholarship is given to a graduating senior who has maintained a grade point average of “B” or better; participated in 2 – 3 years of extra-curricular activities; held leadership roles or served on organizing committees; demonstrates a good temperament and plans to attend a 2 or 4-year college ($1,000).

The Greg Chew Scholarship was established in honor of longtime Urbana High School Drama Director and teacher Greg Chew. This award recognizes a student who demonstrates passion for the fine arts through participation in UHS performances, extended service and dedication to clubs or groups in the fine arts. The student given this award will receive $1,000.00 to pursue a major in an art related field after graduation.

Judge Fred Green Memorial Scholarship Fund Judge Fred Green was a lifelong resident of Urbana and graduated from Urbana High School in 1941 where he was a standout basketball player. After serving in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II, Fred continued his basketball career at the University of Illinois where he was a member of the Illini’s 1949 Final Four team. After graduating from the U of I Law School, Judge Green served with distinction in the Illinois Judiciary for 42 years. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each spring to a graduating UHS senior who demonstrates leadership qualities in both their academic and athletic endeavors and plans to attend college.

The CUSF Difference Maker Scholarship, sponsored by Busey, Horizon Hobby and Orange Krush Foundation was established to honor students who have served their school and community through either work, volunteer service and advocacy and have demonstrated school spirit with a high level of engagement in their high school. A $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to one student at each of our three public high schools.

North End Scholarship The North End, for many years, has been considered the heart of the African American community in Champaign-Urbana. African American owned businesses and churches are predominantly located in the North End, and it is still the residential, cultural and business center for many African Americans living in Champaign- Urbana. This scholarship was established to provide opportunities for minority students with connections to the North End in Champaign-Urbana public schools to pursue higher education and to further their life goals and aspirations. Qualifying students must be a graduating minority student from Unit 4 or District 116, show academic promise as evidenced by their grade point average and plan to attend a public college or university. The scholarship is awarded to one graduating minority senior from each of our three public high schools who demonstrate financial need and academic promise ($500 each).

Ben Watts Memorial Scholarship was established by friends, family and classmates of Ben Watts to honor his memory. Ben Watts, a 1980 Central HS grad, played football for the legendary Tommy Stewart and was a co-valedictorian of his class. He was the father of Olivia Watts, CHS Class of 2017, and Samuel Watts, CHS Class of 2019. Two awards will be given to a Central HS graduating senior boy and girl who are planning to attend a college or university. ($1,000 each)

The Mariel and James Sholem Scholarship was established to give back to Champaign Central High School students who have served their school and community through work, volunteer service, and exceeded expectations in academics at their high school. One student will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

The Champaign Central High School Alumni Scholarship was established to recognize the legacy of Central High School in Champaign. Students who are the child or grandchild of a Central High School alumni are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a student/s who participated fully in the opportunities that Central High School has to offer and exhibits school spirit and pride in being a Maroon with a commitment to maintaining their connection to Central High School beyond graduation. Awards range from $500.00 -$1,000.00.

The Champaign Centennial High School Alumni Scholarship was established in 2019 by the Classes of ’73 and ’74 to honor graduating senior/s who participated in activities embodying Charger spirit and pride. Students will have demonstrated leadership and community service through their time at Centennial. Awards range from $250-$1,000.