The Morton Branch of the American Association of University Women awarded its 2018 Laura Fuoss Memorial Grant to Lindsey Pierz, a fourth grade teacher at Jefferson School since 2013.
In 2012 Lindsey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Elementary Ed in Elementary Education and Spanish (individualized.) She is attending Illinois State University to study Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Educational Technology.
During her undergraduate years she was the 2012 Eureka College Woman of the year, received the Jean Hearne Education Award for Excellence in Student Teaching, and the Eureka College Spanish Student of the Year Award. In 2010 as a Durward W. Sandifer Fellow, she completed volunteer work for Salvation Army Daycare in San Jose, Costa Rica.
At Jefferson School she is the Morton Education Association Building Representative, Red Ribbon Week School Coordinator and Pumpkin Festival Volunteer. Susan Scott, Morton AAUW President, is pictured presenting the $1000 check to Lindsey Pierz.
Brittany Burk, a 2011 graduate of Morton High School, receives a $1000 check from Morton AAUW President, Judy Griffin, for Morton AAUW’s 2016 Laura Fuoss Memorial Grant.
Brittany graduated Summa Cum Laude from Augustana College in 2015 with a Dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She has completed her first year at Texas Christian University majoring in a Master’s of Science Degree in speech-language pathology. Brittany was involved during her collegiate years with Alpha Phi Omega, Augustana Dance Marathon, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Student Alumni Council, dance troupes, gospel choir, and worked in the Admissions Office. Brittany was awarded the Dr. Donald C. Davis and Lois Family Scholarship, and Dahl Leadership Scholarship. She has worked with Braking Traffik and teaches ESL to immigrants in the community. During her senior year she pursued three different research opportunities.
2015 No scholarship was awarded for the year 2015.
The Morton Branch of the American Association of University Women awarded its 2014 Laura Fuoss Memorial Grant to Rachel Funk.
Rachel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eureka College in May 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. She will begin her study of veterinary medicine with a focus on small animal/equine medicine this fall at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Rachel was involved during her collegiate years with tennis, SLIAC Sportsmanship Team, soccer, Circle K International, and a participant in the medical mission trip to Vladimir, Russia with the International Health Care Development Program. Rachel was a Durward Sandifer Fellow at Eureka, which provides funding for a mentorship. As a Sandifer Fellow, she was able to participate in a research internship at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The Morton Branch of the American Association of University Women awarded its 2013 Laura Fuoss Memorial Grant to Kelly Curtis.
AAUW’s co-presidents Patti Erwin and Kay Lindley present a $1000 check to Kelly Curtis, a 2008 graduate of Morton High School.
Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Illinois State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She is currently seeking her Master’s Degree in School Social Work from the University of Illinois. Kelly was involved during her collegiate years with PATH (Providing Access To Help), the Boys and Girls Club in Bloomington, IL, and an internship at The Children’s Home Association of Illinois.
The Morton AAUW grant program was established in 1978 to assist women in the Morton school district who are entering or presently enrolled in a graduate degree program or working toward an advanced certificate. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Meetings of the Morton Branch are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May. For more information call 263-0751.
The winner of the 2012 Laura Fuoss Memorial Grant was Mary Ackerman. She attended the May Board meeting to receive her Grant check of $1000.
Mary, a 2007 MHS graduate, graduated magna cum laude from Eureka College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pre-Occupational Therapy and Biology. She is now seeking her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO and hopes to be completed by December 2013. During her collegiate years, Mary was very involved with International Healthcare Development Program; Sigma Zeta, a National Science and Mathematics Honor Society; Student Athlete Advisory Committee; and Youth for Christ.