The Peoria Education Foundation awarded $51,000 in scholarships to Peoria Unified seniors graduating in May 2023.
The Peoria Education Foundation awards various scholarships for high school seniors in the following categories: The Against All Odds Scholarship recognizes Peoria Unified high school seniors who have overcome adversity and tremendous obstacles to successfully complete their graduation requirements and plan to continue their education. The Community Service Scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the community and excel academically. Each student who has been awarded this scholarship completed more than 100 hours of community service. The Joseph McCord Memorial Scholarship is designed to honor high school students with a passion for history who plan to continue their post-secondary education. The Dr. Santarelli Leadership Scholarship honors the achievements of graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in leadership throughout their high school career. The Rosella and Hugo Sickinger Memorial Scholarship is given to one female graduate who goes above and beyond achieving high test scores, demonstrating leadership and poise. The Peoria FFA Baskett Scholarship is for students participating in Future Farmers of America for at least two years in high school. Finally, the Project Unify Scholarship & Award is for exemplary partners and athletes in the Unified Sports programs on their high school campus.
Scholarship recipients were recognized at a scholarship reception at Centennial High School on April 3, 2023.