Fran Brolley, director of community relations and development at Illinois Valley Community College, reported to the IVCC Foundation board on new scholarships including the Clarence Sapienza Memorial award for aspiring elementary school teachers. The $1,000 award was created by Mike and Jackie Sapienza of Peru and Clarence’s widow Myrle.

Sapienza, a World War II combat veteran and former Superintendent of Oglesby schools, died in April at age 99.

Foundation members learned:

  • The Scholarship Recognition Reception Thursday, Aug. 29 begins with check-in 5:15-5:45 p.m. followed by the program starting promptly at 6. The 23rd annual event in the gym attracts over 300 scholarship donors, recipients and family members. IVCC alum Bud Matthews of Brookfield, Wis., will speak.
  • The 21st Century Scholars Society’s 13th annual dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at Senica’s Deer Park Golf Club north of Oglesby.
  • As of June 30, Foundation assets stood at slightly over $5 million in addition to $588,000 in the scholarship campaign fund of 2015-17, Hometown trust investment officer Philip Slevin reported.
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