Parkland College recently received a plaque from the Rotary Club of Champaign, celebrating an annual scholarship the club awards to Parkland students in several disciplines.
Club President John Calderon presented the first Fred H. Turner Vocational Scholarship plaque to Parkland President Tom Ramage Jan. 27 at the campus. The plaque names scholarship award winners by program category from the last two years. New plaques will be presented in the future.
“It was an honor to represent our club and to be a part of the future of these young adults, as ‘they are the future!’” Calderon stated in a recent Facebook post.
The Rotary Club of Champaign has awarded more than $50,000 in vocational scholarships to deserving Parkland students during the past 37 years, Calderon said. The scholarships are named for Turner, a past club president (1932-33) and a former dean of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The university’s student services building at Sixth and John streets is also named after him.
Parkland students receive Turner scholarships in the following categories: Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Diesel Power Technology, Fine and Applied Arts, Health Professions, and Information Technology. Attendees at the presentation also included Rotary District 6490 Vocational Chair Bill Malone, Champaign Rotary Vocational Chair John Knoblet, Parkland chairs from the represented programs, and other college and Rotary representatives.
[Image: Rotary Club of Champaign President John Calderon, left, presents the first Fred H.Turner Vocational Scholarship recipient plaque to Parkland President Tom Ramage.]