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Education

Morton East alum establishes new scholarship for graduating seniors

CICERO – Morton East High School alumnus and class of 1986 valedictorian Scott Goodman has launched a new scholarship for graduating Morton East seniors.

Applications for the Scott S. Goodman Scholarship are available through the Morton East counseling office, and they are due by March 16.

The scholarship is a one-time $1,000 grant to a four-year college or university, according to a scholarship news release. The grant is based on outstanding scholarship, contributions to the school, participation in school activities, financial need, community service and general citizenship.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and write and attach a short essay no longer than two pages, describing their future goals and financial need and explaining how receiving the scholarship would help them achieve their goals, the release stated.

Those selected as finalists also will need a counselor recommendation and principal recommendation, and they will have a one-on-one interview with Goodman, according to the release. From there, a recipient will be chosen and notified through the counseling office.

“When I was a senior I was fortunate enough to receive the John F. Polakovic scholarship. It was $1,200 a year for four years. It really helped defray the cost of my tuition and take some of the financial burden off of my parents," Goodman said in the release. "I always promised myself that if I ever have the means to be able to give back, I would create my own scholarship and pay it forward for fellow Mustangs."

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