Knipper was honored along with three other finalists at the 17th annual 21st Century Scholars Society dinner.
The son of Jon and Tara Knipper plans on attending Liberty University to pursue a bachelor of arts in Spanish next fall. He would like to continue at Liberty University School of Law and is considering becoming an International Law Attorney.
“This scholarship means more to me than just financial support,” Knipper said. “It has impacted my future by allowing me to focus more on studies, engage in meaningful experiences and contribute positively to society.”
In his acceptance speech for the $3,000 Knipper expressed his gratitude for the award.
“I am immensely grateful for the doors this scholarship have opened for me and the difference it has made in my academic journey,” he said.
Finalists receiving $1,500 each were:
Logan Brandner of Mendota, the son of Dave and Dorothy Brandner
Caleb Savitch of Spring Valley, the son of David and Bernadette Savitch
Elizabeth Boyles of Princeton, the daughter of Dennis and Gina Boyles
Merit award winners receiving $750 each were:
Elizabeth Browder of Earlville, the daughter of Adam and Carrie Browder
Madeline Klicker of Ottawa, the daughter of Trent and Elizabeth Klicker
Isabella Lambert of Tonica, the daughter of Chad and Catherine Lambert
Eric Lockwood of Peru, the son of Kirk and Dawnanne Lockwood
Earl Pantig of Ottawa, the son of Michael and Emmarose Pantig
To qualify for these scholarships, students need a minimum 3.5 GPA as well as extensive college involvement and community service.
The 21st Century Scholars Society was established in 2007 to honor and reward IVCC’s most promising second-year students. It has awarded more than $225,000 to 200 students including $11,250 to nine scholars this year.
The society is made up of members who each contribute $500 annually. The society meets once a year to hear the stories of the students they have helped.
“It is a very touching evening,” said Tracy Beattie, executive director of Illinois Valley Community College’s Foundation. “Learning the stories, hearing the challenges and the accomplishments of these students is inspiring. There is nothing like being able to directly see and speak with the people that have benefited from your donation.”
For information on becoming a member of the 21st Century Scholar Society, contact Beattie at 815-224-0550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.