Anna Karcz is the winner of this year's Nancy Fike Scholarship. She plans to study Elementary Education at Augustana College in Rock Island.
Named in honor of the Society's former administrator, the Society awards the $1,000 Fike scholarship to a graduating senior from a McHenry County high school who plans to study education, history, or the social sciences.
This merit-based scholarship is given in the winning student’s name to his or her college /university.
Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, provide two letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member and one from another representative of the community), show proof of community service, and write a minimum 500-word essay pertaining to McHenry County.
Essay topics will be announced each year by the Society. This year's topic centered around the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Students are expected to do research in their local libraries and, or, the Society’s research library in Union, as well as interview a person(s) about the subject. Smart phones are no substitute for smart people.
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