Scholarships from elev815 came by special delivery

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elev815 President Toni Brown presented a $500 scholarship to Ryan Anderson on May 19. Anderson will be attending Milwaukee School of Engineering in the fall. The award was sponsored by Brownfield Engineering.

Members of elev815 formed a caravan through Rockton, Roscoe and surrounding areas to deliver scholarship awards into the hands of fourteen Hononegah and Harlem High School graduating students on Tuesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 19.

Thirteen young men and women and their family members were waiting, as the six-vehicle parade pulled up in front of their homes. (And the parade caught up with at least one busy scholarship recipient at a local ball field.)

On Tuesday, May 17, Jessie Wieland, Delaney Harris, Madyson Dobnick, Marina Way, Colton Heinrich, Sydney Fago and Ashley Edwards accepted $500 scholarships from elev815.

On Thursday, May 19, Ellison (Elly) Wilson, Ryan Anderson, Keira Shannon, Isaac Whisenand, Ella Cotone, Brigham Molander and Madison Bunger also received $500 scholarships.



Each scholarship was sponsored by a local business.

elev815 presents several $500 awards each year to graduating students in Hononegah Community High School, South Beloit High School and Harlem High School.

Fundraising events such as selling pumpkins in October and Christmas tree poles in December, plus generous donations, make the elev815 scholarship program successful.

elev815 is dedicated to supporting area business and promoting educational opportunities.

Michael McGinnis contributed to the reporting of this story.


Ellison (Elly) Wilson, surrounded by elev815 members and friends, accepted a $500 scholarship sponsored by Stepping Stones Child's Center. (Pictured- front row, L-R ) Toni Brown, Elly Wilson, Shannon Cordot, and Ella Keener. (Top row, L-R) Jeremy Jones, Braxton Brown, Ace Foster, Michael McGinnis, and Chuck Gilbert.

Keira Shannon accepted a $500 scholarship from elev815. The scholarship was sponsored by The Gem Shop. A six-vehicle caravan of elev815 members delivered the certificate to Keira's home, Thursday, May 19. Toni Brown, president of elev815, presented the scholarship. Shannon's mother Judy stood by.

Click or tap on the photo below to view an image gallery of all the scholarship check deliveries.


Jessie Wieland's scholarship was one of two sponsored by Macktown Construction. After RVC she plans to begin studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic.
Delaney Harris will be studying education at Loyola University in Chicago. Her scholarship was one sponsored by The Gem Shop in Rockton.
Colton Heinrich is headed to Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee to study business and sports management. Colton's scholarship was sponsored by Balsley Printing in Rockton.
Marina Way is interested in studying education or marketing at UW - Whitewater.
Maddy Dobnick begins her Education degree at UW-Platteville this fall. Her dwarf goats wanted to be part of the presentation, to the delight of Ace Foster of Embroid This, who sponsored her scholarship.
When Sydney Fag was honored, she was joined not only by her parents but by a lot of friends.
Mom gets a picture of Sydney Fago and her big brother.
Ashley Edwards will study Accounting at UW Platteville, as well as Spanish and Criminal Justice. She is interested in forensic accounting.
Elly Wilson will be attending Carroll University in Wisconsin. She plans to become an occupational therapist. Her scholarship was sponsored by her employer, Stepping Stones Child's Center.
Keira Shannon plans to earn a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, starting at Marietta College in Ohio, where she will be playing volleyball. The Gem Shop sponsored her scholarship and others.
Isaac Whisenand's scholarship was sponsored by Steps To Grace Dance Academy. He is beginning his college football career at Ellsworth College in Iowa.
Ella Cotone plans to study art in the fall. Her scholarship was sponsored by Cornerstone Financial. Her parents Steve and Kayla Cotone have encouraged her throughout her life..
elev815 President Toni Brown writes a new name on the big check. Each student kept a smaller check which could be cashed!
Brigham Molander's eventual goal is to become a psychiatrist. He will be attending University of Missouri. The Gem Shop sponsored his scholarship.
Madison Bunger's parents John and Jackie, grandmother Jeanie Swanson, and great-grandmother Velda Grimes joined her. Madison will be studying genetics at the University of Missouri - Columbia, with the goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist.
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