Two $750 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors (or GED equivalent) who are college bound (or other post-secondary institution) in 2019. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardee’s selected post-secondary institution in September.
The applications are judged on their service to community and school, response to essay questions, awards and honors, transcripts, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. The student should emphasize their areas of strength, as the committee will equally consider all candidates.
Park Ridge Chamber 2017 - 2018 Recipients
The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Park Ridge Chamber Scholarship. Each will receive $750 towards furthering their education. Applicants were carefully reviewed and selected by the Chamber Scholarship Selection Committee based upon academic standings, extracurricular activities, community service, letters of recommendation and their overall contribution to society. Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning these competitive scholarships: Melissa Correa (Maine South), Angelina Moore (Maine South), and Harshitha Padiyar (Maine East).
Melissa Correa plans to attend the University of Iowa this fall to pursue a degree in Nursing. Correa has been a member and an influential leader in a wide-variety of extracurricular activities including Cross Country, Soccer, Spanish Club, Italian Club, Hawk Pride Advisory Committee (Leader), Key Club, National Honor Society, and Suicide Awareness Team. In addition to her part-time work, Correa believes in the importance of helping others and devotes many hours volunteering at various local organizations. Last year, she joined her church on a youth mission trip to Columbia. It was during this trip that she discovered her calling to become a Nurse Practitioner with the hopes of traveling internationally to places where she is needed most.
Angelina Moore will attend DePaul University this fall with the ultimate goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant. Moore has been an active participant in National Honor Society, Maine South Figure Skating Club, Italian Club, Orchestra, Senior Leaders, Club Soccer, Suicide Awareness Team, and has spent three years playing High School Varsity Soccer. Since the 7th grade, Moore has volunteered with TOPSoccer, an organization that gives children with disabilities the opportunity to play soccer, and was recently recognized as 1 of 11 students in Chicagoland for her contributions on and off the field. Over the last four years, Moore has excelled academically and recently held a part-time job at the Summit of Uptown which helped influence her decision to enter the medical field.
Harshitha Padiyar will attend the University of Southern California with the hopes of working in the field of biomedical engineering and medical technology as an electrical engineer. Throughout her high school career, Padiyar has been an active participant in Debate Team, Math Team, Scholastic Bowl, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish National Honor Society, Acts of Kindness Club, the Argonne Exemplary Student Research Program, NSERVE Career Exploration in Engineering, and Engineering Exploration Program at UOP Honeywell. In addition to her extracurricular activities and other volunteer efforts, she participated in service learning projects through the Gifted Lyceum program and recently traveled to Detroit where she worked with underprivileged children. Padiyar has been named a National Merit Semifinalist and District 207’s Best for Academic Achievement, among her many awards. Padiyar will continue to strive for academic excellence with the goal of creating innovations that will help improve the lives of others in the future. The scholarship she receives is funded by Park Ridge businessman, Danny McGovern, RE/MAX Properties Northwest.
Melissa Correa, Angelina Moore, and Harshitha Padiyar are perfect examples of strong, inspirational leaders. Their actions and call to service along with their outstanding academic achievements deserve the highest recognition. "The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce recognizes the value young people like these are already bringing to our community and our country, and our members want to honor them and help them achieve even more," Gail Haller, Park Ridge Chamber Executive Director concludes.