In 2007, the Executive Committee of this event initiated a scholarship program in memory of two key former volunteers. In 2012, the committee lost another key member and decided to honor her through this program as well.
Proceeds raised from this effort go directly to defray college or higher education costs for selected recipients for all four years of undergraduate studies with proof of re-enrollment and good standing.
For 10 years, the legacies of Herb Church, Harold Schiff and Marcy (Marc) Coffey’s service to the Scouting movement have lived on.
Noah Reardon was the deserving Eagle Scout selected for this year’s scholarship. His commitment to the program has made Noah an extraordinary young man. He spent last summer on a prestigious research mission developed by famed Eagle Scout and explorer Robert Ballard - best known for discovering the wreckage of the Titanic. Noah worked alongside scientists and engineers on a ship called the Nautilus, where he studied ocean-mapping technologies and helped design, build, program, and track ocean drifters in the Pacific Ocean.
Outside of Scouting, Noah is a musician and a black belt. He graduated with honors from Lyons Township High School this May and is heading to the Illinois Institute of Technology to study mechanical engineering. Noah aspires to become a member of a research and development team that designs, builds, and programs robots for applications that make a real impact on how people live, work, and play.
This scholarship is also supporting the education of three other Eagle Scouts:
Mark Balich – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Shaun Kelliher – University of Wisconsin
Andrew Knorowski – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
We wish all our scholars much success and look forward to bringing you updates on some of our early recipients in coming issues.