Scholarship Assistance Fund Dollars for Scholars Celebrates 2022 Scholarship Recipients

PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Scholarship Assistance Fund (SAF) Dollars for Scholars held its 2022 scholarship opening June 17 at Hawthorne Global Aviation Services in Wheeling.

The two-hour hosted meeting focused on the achievements and educational pursuits of this year’s scholarship recipients. One-year academic scholarships were awarded to the following 2022 high school graduates: Matthew Allaire (Buffalo Grove High), Melina Blank (Hersey High), Grace Coveliers (Elk Grove High), Elizabeth Ferrazza (Hersey High), Jeongmin Lee (Prospect High ), Santiago Leyva (Rolling Meadows High), Justin Meyer (Rolling Meadows High), Yalixa Segundo (Wheeling High) and Natalia Soro (Prospect High). A one-year academic scholarship was also awarded to: Grace Groeling (Hersey High ’20) currently a student at Loyola University-Chicago.

Each year, the SAF Dollars for Scholars also awards the Charles E. Priester $4,000 Academic Scholarship, named in honor of Charles E. Priester, one of the founders of the SAF Dollars for Scholars chapter. Sidney Lee, a 2022 graduate of Buffalo Grove High School, will be receiving the Priest Scholarship this year.

The George and Christine Winandy Academic Scholarship was awarded to Emily Butryn (Hersey High ’20), currently a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Santino Macaggi (Buffalo Grove High ’22). The Winandy $4,000 Academic Scholarships are awarded to students majoring in science, math, computer technology, education, music, or nursing.

The Lyn J. Kearns Academic Scholarship has been awarded to Jessica Stavros (Wheeling High ’19), currently a student at Illinois State University. The Kearns $4,000 Academic Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in education or nursing.

The Nicholas J. Helmer $4,000 Academic Scholarship was awarded to Gabriel Dubowski, a 2022 graduate of Hersey High School. Named in memory of the mayor of Prospect Heights, Nicholas J Helmer, this scholarship is awarded to a student living in Prospect Heights or Wheeling.

Through the SAF Dollars for Scholars scholarship program, a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, raises money to help residents of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, and Wheeling reach their educational goals after high school. SAF Dollars for Scholars is a division of Scholarship America┬«, the nation’s largest private non-profit scholarship organization.

SAF Dollars for Scholars holds one annual fundraiser to support the scholarship program. On August 22, the annual golf outing is held at the Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights. The $175 Individual/$650 Foursome entry fee includes a round of golf, golf cart, lunch, reception and golf awards. There is also a silent auction and raffles. Sponsorship is still possible. For reservations and sponsorship information, visit or call (847) 460.0700.

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