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Spinoso Masters Scholarship awards $30,000 for higher education

John and Vivian Spinoso (from left) are pictured with scholarship recipients Anna Stiker and Carlie Hayes. Not pictured are Rachael Pazsotta and Kelsey Rodgers.
John and Vivian Spinoso (from left) are pictured with scholarship recipients Anna Stiker and Carlie Hayes. Not pictured are Rachael Pazsotta and Kelsey Rodgers.

The DeKalb County Community Foundation recently named the 2017 Spinoso Masters Scholarship recipients. Four students will receive a total of $30,000 to use toward Masters level education. The award winners are Carlie Hayes, Rachael Pazsotta, Kelsey Rodgers and Anna Stiker.  

To receive a Spinoso Masters Scholarship, individuals must be graduates of a high school located in DeKalb County and enrolled in a post-undergraduate institution working toward a masters or higher degree in any field of study.

Carlie Hayes is a graduate of DeKalb High School and is pursuing a master's degree in Crime Scene Investigation at George Washington University. Rachael Pazsotta is a graduate of DHS and is pursuing a Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. Kelsey Rodgers also is a graduate of DHS and will be pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Illinois Chicago. Anna Stiker is a graduate of Indian Creek High School and is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Donors John and Vivian Spinoso are longtime residents of DeKalb County with a strong desire to support continuing education. In its sixth year as a scholarship award at the foundation, the Spinoso Masters Scholarship has awarded a total of $180,000 to local graduates.

For information about scholarships available at the foundation, contact Grants & Community Initiatives Manager Becky Zantout at 815-748-5383 or becky@dekalbccf.org.

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