Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center gave more than $10,000 in scholarships through its Oak Crest Employee Scholarship Program this year.
The funds were divided among four scholars: Kenny McNamara, a resident services assistant and the daughter of food service employee Lorli McNamara; Paige Lehman, a former employee; Karly Zucker, the daughter of resident services assistant Jean Zucker; and Nicole O’Donnell, an employee in the dietary department.
McNamara began as a volunteer in the resident services department. She is a student at Debutantes School of Cosmetology and is studying business at Kishwaukee College. She was awarded $1,000.
Lehman is beginning her senior year at Northern Illinois University, where she is studying textiles, apparel and merchandising. She worked at Oak Crest for more than four years before going to Chicago for an internship. Lehman was awarded $2,000.
Zucker is studying sociology and communication studies, with a minor in psychology, at Augustana College. She hopes to complete her master’s degree and to work with young children. While attending school, Zucker works part time, volunteers and recently completed an internship with the Quad Cities Child Abuse Council. She was awarded $2,500.
O’Donnell has worked in Oak Crest’s dietary department since 2007. She is studying radiological technology at Kishwaukee College and expects to graduate in May. She hopes to pursue her bachelor’s degree while working as a radiology technician. O’Donnell was awarded $5,000.
The scholarship program began in 2006 with a gift from the estate of Jack Boyle, a former Oak Crest resident. Oak Crest employees and their dependents are eligible for the scholarship, which can be used to defray the costs of tuition, fees and textbooks as they pursue an undergraduate degree or equivalent.
To be eligible, employees must have worked at least 1,000 hours each of the past two years. Applicants must show proof they have been accepted into a program of study prior to final approval.