FREEPORT – The Highland Community College Foundation distributed about $200,000 to Highland students for the 2020-21 academic year.

This year's area winners are:

Milledgeville High School: Cody VanDyke, Craig A. Wilson Agriculture Scholarship, Hobart Agriculture (Out-of-District) Scholarship.

Polo High School: Olivia Hopkins, Dr. Neal and Flo Chapin Nursing Scholarship; Baylee Wiemken, Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship.

Rock Falls High School: Nicole Stepp, Lyle Reedy Memorial Scholarship.

West Carroll High School: Hannah Kay Johnson, Steve Mihina Mathematics-Science Scholarship; Shane Houzenya, Buss Agriculture Extracurricular Scholarship. Craig A. Wilson Agriculture Scholarship.

The first scholarships were awarded in 1963, in the amount of $4,000. Since the foundation was formed, $8.5 million has been distributed to Highland students. Some scholarships are based on merit and financial need; others are awarded to students based on high schoolattendance and field of study.

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