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Clinton Community Education Foundation Awards Annual Scholarship

The Clinton Community Education Foundation, or CCEF, recently awared their 2014 Vincent Beggs Memorial Scholarship Recipients.

Lydia Lux will attend Richland Community College in Decatur and will study mathematics. She is the daughter of Linda and Gregory Lux of Clinton.

Elizabeth Bridges, daughter of Steve and Nancy Bridges of Wapella, will attend Illinois Wesleyan University and plans to study English and writing.

Kassandra Henson, daughter of Karyn Henson of Clinton, and of Richard and Sharon Henson of Clinton, will attend Illinois Wesleyan University and plans to study theater arts and English.

Denise Mathews will attend Missouri University of Science and Technology and plans to major in geological engineering. She is the daughter of April and Monte Mathews of Clinton.

Taylor Donelson will attend Northern Illinois University and plans to study physical therapy. Donelson is the daughter of Phil and Tanya Donelson.

Caleb Luck, son of Kelly Walsh of Clinton, and Van Luck of Farmer City, will attend University of Missouri and plans to study mechanical engineering.

The award recipients were selected from a larger pool of applications based on their leadership, character and activities, as well as on a scholarship project. Final selection followed in-person interviews with representatives of the CCEF.

The Beggs Memorial Scholarship currently is given in the amount of $1,250 annually. Recipients are eligible to receive the funds for up to four years, provided they qualify as a full-time student and maintain a 2.0 grade point average at their college, university or trade school. The CCEF has now committed to fund a total of approximately $110,000 in Beggs scholarships.

The Vincent Beggs Memorial Scholarship is designed to honor the former DeWitt County resident’s personal vision. The scholarship was set up by the CCEF using funds donated by the late John Vincent Beggs, and first made available in 2011. Mr. Beggs was raised on a family farm, studied Business Administration at Illinois Wesleyan University, and served in the U.S. Air Force. He later worked for State Farm and, upon his retirement in 1980, was supervising millions in investments for the company.

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