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Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of parish members and Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School alumni, a variety of Scholarships rewarding scholastic achievement, musical talent, and contribution to the community are now offered.

 

Application for the Katherine Heintz Kruegel Memorial Scholarship

Katherine Heintz Kruegel was a dedicated mother, wife and valued member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church.  Her great grandfather, Henry Weaver, previously owned part of the land where the school sits today.  Katherine was the youngest of eight children, all of whom attended and graduated from Ss. Peter and Paul School.  In turn, she and her loving husband of 56 years, Jack K. Kruegel, sent all four of their children to Ss. Peter and Paul School.  The couple were previously married in Ss. Peter and Paul Church in 1949.  

Above all, church service and effort in school were most important to Katherine.  For this reason, and to promote the high value she held on a Catholic education, Katherine’s daughters are generously donating a $500 scholarship towards tuition for a student of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School.  Eligible applicants are incoming Ss. Peter and Paul School students, Grades 4 through 8.  Applicants must complete a 200 word essay describing their past service to the church, what such church service means to him/her, and how it has impacted and will continue to impact their life.  In addition, the awardee must be willing to share his/her essay with fellow students at Ss. Peter and Paul School.  Applicants must also establish they are committed to providing strong effort in school.  This will be accomplished either through the individual scores for “Effort” on their most recent report card or, if “Effort” is not independently evaluated, through a letter of recommendation from one of the student’s teachers which clearly establishes the applicant’s commitment to “Effort” in school.

Katherine Heintz Kruegel Memorial Scholarship Application  Applications Due TBA


 Paula Malone Music Scholarship

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School has a long tradition of valuing the Arts.  During the 2014-15 school year, the Children Choir, directed by Paula Malone, was selected to perform before the Bishop at the Mission Mass at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Springfield Illinois.  The School is constantly seeking opportunities to introduce the value of the Arts to its students, incorporating important cultural field trips into the curriculum.   

Paula Malone, a long-time Cantor of the Church and teacher at the School, has announced her retirement after 20 years as a loyal and dedicated teacher.   Mrs. Malone will continue to serve as the Director of the Children’s Choir.  In recognition of Mrs. Malone’s years of dedicated service and through the generosity of an anonymous donor, Ss. Peter and Paul School is sponsoring a Music Scholarship which will grant the awardee a $500 scholarship towards tuition.  Eligible applicants are incoming fifth through eighth grade students who have studied voice or a musical instrument.  The awardee must complete an essay describing why music is important to them and the world and must be willing to share his/her talent with the School and/or Church for at least three events (for example, performing at the School’s Christmas Program, Grandparents Day, or an all School Mass).

Paula Malone Music Scholarship Application Applications Due NO Later Than June 30, 2019


 Dr. Thomas W. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship

Dr. Nielsen was a WWII veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star and the American, the European-African-Middle Eastern and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medals.  Upon his return to the United States after the war, he resumed his studies and received a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Physiology and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  Dr. Nielsen began his scientific and academic career joining the faculty of the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver.  He thereafter was appointed to the faculty of the University of North Dakota Medical School as a Hill Research Professor where he continued his research and taught at the medical school.  In the early seventies, he was recruited by Southern Illinois University and appointed as a Professor at the School of Dental Medicine, which brought him and his family to Alton, Illinois.  He finished his professional career at the National Institutes of Health where he worked for over a decade, retiring in 1989 as Chief of the Cardiac Functions Branch.  

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School values a strong education in the sciences.  In recognition of the value Ss. Peter and Paul School places on the sciences, Mrs. Thomas W. Nielsen, Sr., in honor of her husband, is pleased to sponsor a $500 scholarship for the student whose project is selected by the panel of judges for the School’s 2015-16 Science Fair.  All fifth through seventh grade students for the 2015-16 year are eligible as they are required to participate in the School’s Science Fair. This scholarship is for tuition credit for the School only (no monetary payment or transferability) for the following 2016-17 academic year and therefore, only students in grades 5 through 7 are eligible.  If a team is selected, the tuition credit will be divided equally among the team members. 

Dr. Thomas W. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship Application  Applications Due NO Later Than June 30, 2019