LOMBARD – Montini Catholic High School, on behalf of the Karl Weiger family, presented the fourth annual Jonathan Weiger “Johnny Always Wins” Memorial Scholarship during the school’s homecoming Mass on Sept. 25, according to a news release.
The honor went to freshman Maria Hemmersmeier, a graduate of Visitation Catholic School in Elmhurst. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship for each of her four years at Montini, the release stated.
Each year, members of Montini’s incoming freshman class are invited to submit an essay to be considered for the scholarship. The Weiger family selects a student who displays high moral character, a deep commitment to their faith and academic excellence at the grade school level, according to the release.
Johnny Weiger joined Montini’s school community for the 2011-12 school year. During his freshman year, he was diagnosed with leukemia. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, his leukemia was cured, the release stated.
As Johnny was preparing for his sophomore year, however, he was hospitalized with a rare blood disorder commonly referred to as TTP, which can be caused by a bone marrow transplant. He passed away on Nov. 4, 2012, because of complications from the TTP, according to the release.