DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club announced the recipients of its annual senior achievement scholarships Wednesday. The 2014 scholarship recipients are Marissa Chow, Micah Pfotenhauer, Margaret O’Connor, Rachael Wydra and Heather Kwityn.
"The winners of this year’s award have each shown exceptional promise and dedication in pursuit of higher education and stood out due to their community and volunteer activities, leadership abilities as well as overall academic excellence," the club said in a press release.
Marissa Chow is a senior at Downers Grove South High School. She wants to pursue a career as a pharmacist and is still deciding on the university she will attend.
Micah Pfotenhauer is a senior at Downers Grove North High School. She will attend Saint Louis University in the fall; she plans to study public health with an international emphasis with the ultimate goal of working for a non-profit to serve impoverished populations.
Margearet O’Connor is a senior at Downers Grove South High School. She is planning to attend University of Illinois Chicago and wants to become a pharmacist.
Rachel Wydra is a senior at Downers Grove South High School. She will attend Miami University in Ohio to earn a degree in music and history with the future goal of practicing law in Chicago.
Heather Kwityn is a senior at Downers Grove North High School and will attend Seton Hall University to major in International Studies. She will specialize in security and foreign policy with a dream to work for the U.S. Government.
“We are thrilled to extend our scholarships to Marissa, Micah, Margaret, Rachael, and Heather, as well as commend them on their achievements thus far, and we look forward to all that they will accomplish in the future.” Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club Education Chairwoman Julie Johnson said in the release.
For the past five decades, the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club has awarded scholarships to outstanding students working toward bachelor’s or graduate degrees.
This year, the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club partnered with three corporate sponsors on the effort including Baird & Warner Real Estate in Downers Grove, Momkus McCluskey LLC Attorneys at Law in Lisle, and ValueKnowledge LLC in Chicago. Each matched a $500 donation allowing the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club to offer three $1,000 scholarships, as well as two $500 scholarships.
The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club is a non-partisan, non-denominational, volunteer women's organization.
For more information about DGJWC, visit the website www.dgjwc.org.