The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) has chosen five young women to receive $500 scholarships to use toward their college education. Scholarship applicants are chosen annually. Scholarship chairperson Judy Holmes said a panel of nine judges had a difficult time choosing this year’s winners out of a field of 78 applicants who applied earlier this spring.
“Meet the future of our diocese and the holy Catholic Church,” said Holmes, who is vice president of SDCCW. “Pope St. John Paul II the Great said, ‘Be more’ — and it was as if he had whispered that to each of our applicants.
“All the girls who applied are awesome — good students, athletes and musicians who are active in school, church and community. We thank all who took time to apply, along with their families, churches and schools. The judges took all (of this) into consideration and named five girls who exemplify the SDCCW’s mission values of leadership, faith and service. We suspect these girls will be master ‘church ladies’ of the future and shining examples of young Catholic women in college and the world. They have already answered the call to ‘be more.’ Godspeed to them!”
This year’s winners, who applied for the scholarships during their senior year, are:
Renee Cafun, the daughter of Joselyn Smith, is graduating from Quincy Notre Dame High School and is a member of St. Francis Solanus Parish. She plans to attend the University of Iowa and major in bio-medical engineering.
Madelyn Jenkins, the daughter of Caryn and Chris Jenkins, is a member of St. Jerome Parish and is graduating from Triad High School, both in Troy. She plans to attend the University of Kansas and major in psychology.
Claudia Magnussen, the daughter of Lori and Mark Magnussen, is graduating from Pana High School and is member of Sacred Heart Parish, Oconee. She plans to attend Notre Dame University and major in science/occupational therapy.
Eleanor Jean Stamer, the daughter of Barbara and Richard Stamer, is a member of St. Boniface Parish, Edwardsville and is graduating from Edwardsville High School. She plans to attend Illinois State University and major in English.
Mary Wilton, the daughter of Florence and Steven Wilton, is graduating from Marquette Catholic High School and is a member of St. Mary Parish in Alton. She plans to attend Saint Louis University and major in occupational therapy.