GENOA – The race is on among Genoa-Kingston High School seniors vying for the Genoa Main Street scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is funded by donations from 17 Genoa businesses.
The scholarship is named in memory of Char Miller, a Main Street volunteer who worked diligently with the scholarship program in previous years. This is the eighth year the scholarship has been offered.
The scholarship program was designed to encourage residents to shop locally. For each dollar spent at a participating business, up to $200, shoppers can cast one vote for the competing senior of their choice. Voting ends on April 15.
Participating businesses are: Assured Appliance, Awe Insurance, Corner Grill on Main, Cutters & Co. Family Hair Care, Everything Floral, Genoa Pharmacy, Heartland Bank and Trust, Hummingbird, J’Studio/Zumba Fitness, Kingston Mutual Insurance, Pete’s Castle/Marathon, Specialty Gifts, State Farm Insurance, and Victoria’s Crossing.
Applicant’s names and information are posted at the participating businesses.
In addition to voting at local businesses, people can vote by donating to Genoa Main Street, Inc. Five votes are given for each dollar donated and 100 votes are given for every two hours of time volunteered at Genoa Main Street activities. The volunteer time must take place prior to the end of the voting period.
For information, visit the Genoa Main Street office at 327 W. Main St. in Genoa, call 815-784-6961 or visit www.genoamainstreet.com.
Genoa Main Street, Inc. is a donation-supported volunteer organization dedicated to preserving Genoa’s historic heritage while promoting economic development.
This year's competitors are Sean Bensinger (Willamette University, biochemistry/molecular biology/genetics), Austin Boehmer (Kishwaukee College, undecided), Kristen Bussen (Kishwaukee College, elementary education), Kayla Butz (Kishwaukee College, nursing or special education), Carinna Corbett (Concordia University, Christian education), Tiffany Cotner (University of Utah, nuclear/chemical engineering), Olivia Cotton (Central Iowa University, psychology or nursing), William Crozier (Illinois Institute of Technology, civil engineering), Tyler Dougan (Northern Illinois University, nursing), Eric Garcia (Northern Illinois University, engineering), Danny Hansen (Kishwaukee College, general education), Lindsay Hansen (North Central College, elementary education), Alexis Hardt (Kishwaukee College, emergency medical services), Hannah Hill (undecided on institution, communication science), Travis Hughes (University of Wisconsin, safety/occupational health), Krista Johnson (Augustana College, psychology), Rachel Joos (Judson University, exercise science), Brianna Kramer (North Central College, sports management), Michael Kuhn (Loras College, agriculture or sports management), Sal Lopez (University of Iowa, computer science), Kelly Marshall (University of Illinois, secondary education), Lauren McKinney (University of Illinois, biochemistry), Chris Neisendorf (Northern Illinois University, business), Payton Petruchuis (Augustana College, neuroscience), Emerald Sanders (Southern Illinois University, forestry), Katelyn Thurlby (undecided on institution, music education), Tyler Walker (Kishwaukee College, law enforcement), Michael Walsh (Kishwaukee College, mechanical design).