NORTH CENTER — Lane Tech High School’s alumni association is now accepting applications for $180,000 in scholarships set aside for graduating seniors.
Lane Tech seniors and their families can find the complete listing of scholarships available and and apply online before the April 30 deadline at lanetechalumni.org.
“With so many families experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 virus, programs like ours will serve an even greater need,” said Joanna Perez, the association’s director of alumni relations.
Only 30 applicants will be granted the scholarships. Last year, over 300 submissions were received. Perez expects the number of applications to rise in 2020.
This year’s scholarships are varied and are either named to honor former teachers and students or to promote specific fields of study like STEM, the arts, the humanities or social justice.
This is the first year the Sincere Ash Memorial Scholarship will be awarded. Ash was a rising senior at Lane Tech who was described as “vibrant and charismatic” by his friends. The school’s community was shocked after he died after after being hit by a train in 2018.
The scholarships also recognize student leaders and athletes.
“These unrestricted dollars provide much needed gap funding and can help the student begin college without having to rely on loans. Or just be able to go home for the holidays,” said Michelle Weiner, the association’s president.
The alumni association has awarded scholarships to Lane Tech seniors since 1986. This year’s awards bring the total amount of money given out over that 34-year period at over $1.9 million.
“We are fortunate to have so many generous donors, most of whom are alumni and know firsthand what it takes to master the rigor of Lane Tech and navigate college acceptance” Weiner said.
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