North Central College - Naperville, IL

Sustaining Excellence: Scholarship Support

Scholarship support is important to the ability of most students to attend North Central, but never more so than in this time of economic hardship for many families. During 2008-2009, Ian and Brent Tyson established a scholarship to honor their mother, Associate Professor of Education Lora Tyson, who died September 1, 2008. Tanya Kuzmenko ’10 is the first recipient of the new Dr. Lora L. Tyson Education Scholarship. “The money has been a huge blessing for me, because I’m student-teaching during fall term and I’m not able to work,” says Kuzmenko, an elementary education major. “My dad is helping me with my tuition but hasn’t had much work.”

More than $600,000 is awarded annually from restricted and nonrestricted scholarship funds. “We have about 195 named scholarships that we award in financial aid,” says Marty Rossman, director of financial aid. “Many students are dependent on receiving more than one scholarship to remain at North Central, especially in light of the current economic times.”

Employees in Institutional Advancement help create scholarship funds that meet donors’ needs in honoring a person and/or helping students with certain interests. “We work with donors to determine their goals, and sometimes they come to us with specific ideas,” says Maria Caselli ’01/M ’08, associate director of development.

Rossman used the S.W. Kung Scholarship, established to honor Shien Woo Kung ’26, to assist Pero Atanasov ’11 when his family could no longer assist him financially. Atanasov, a native of Macedonia with majors in computer science and mathematics, wants to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison for graduate school. “Fortunately they realized I’m a good student,” says Atanasov, who carries a near-perfect grade-point average.

Due to her family’s financial situation, Alyssa Figueroa ’11 (right) had decided she’d drive the 90 minutes each way from her Poplar Grove, IL, home. “I knew the commute was going to take a toll on me but I wanted to attend North Central because of its great academics,” says Figueroa, a political science major. She qualified for a Norman and Rose Lewis Scholarship, which pays for her room and board. “I’ve been able to live on campus and get involved in Student Governing Association, Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity and Mock Trial.”

Both the S.W. Kung Scholarship and the Norman and Rose Lewis Scholarship—established by Jackie Lewis Wentz ’63—are among the 34 scholarship funds with endowments of $100,000 or more. Some scholarships restrict the recipient to certain qualifications, while others are unrestricted in their requirements.

Sunbir Gill ’10 applied for and received the Alumni Board of Directors Student Involvement Scholarship, which he says allows him to spend more time focusing on Students In Free Enterprise and his other activities. Matt McCary ’10, a biology major, interned in Oregon with the Environmental Protection Agency during summer 2009. This year, he is receiving the Derrick and Tracy Malone Minority Scholarship along with his other aid. “If I didn’t have scholarship money, I wouldn’t be in school right now,” he says. “Students really need the support to be here.”

Annual Report 2009