In 2006, the Oak Crest Employee Scholarship program began with a gift from the estate of Jack Boyle, a former Oak Crest resident. The program was established to encourage and assist employees and their dependents in the pursuit of an undergraduate degree or equivalent program of study.
To be eligible, employees must have worked at least 1,000 hours in each of the last two years. Applicants must demonstrate acceptance into an accredited undergraduate college or program of study prior to final approval. This year, a total of $10,500 is being awarded to three students.
Crystal Dalaguete, niece of food service employee Lorli MaNamara, received a $5,000 scholarship. Dalaguete is studying nursing at Kishwaukee College. She is an active member of several service clubs and volunteers for a number of service organizations. She is a frequent volunteer at Oak Crest during Open Talent Nights, coordinates a group of students who give dance performances and assists with a number of evening activity programs.
Salvador Macias received a $2,000 award. Macias, a senior at Northern Illinois University, is studying Spanish and literature, with minor studies in Italian and foreign language development. He has worked in the food service department at Oak Crest since 2006. Macias is involved in the Intercultural Student Association and has worked as a volunteer at both NIU and for local organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hope Haven. He also has volunteered at Oak Crest by participating in the Open Mic programs and as part of a dance presentation group.
Paige Lehman, a food service employee since 2009, was awarded $3,500. She is studying marketing at NIU. She is an active volunteer in her church and the community at large. Her career goal is to work as a stylist or merchandise buyer.