SCHAUMBURG — For 12 years, the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) has been helping the families of building trade union members and employees of union contractors by awarding scholarship for high school seniors planning to attend 4-year and community colleges.
This year, CISCO was able to expand the program and add an another 4-year scholarship. CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen said these students accomplishments are a “tremendous reflection on our young adults and the children of our construction workers and contractors.”
This years winners include Samantha Perez (4-year scholarship), a senior at Downers Grove South High School. Her father Paul is a member of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Local 558. Perez intends to attend North Central College in Naperville and study Actuarial Science.
Rilea Peterson (4-year scholarship) is a student at Richmond-Burton Community High School in Richmond. Her father Shane is a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. Peterson will be attending Olivet Nazarene University to study Psychology with minors in Spanish and Dietetics.
Kaitlin Boers (community college scholarship) is graduating from LaMoille Community High School. Her father Brent is a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. Boers will be attending Black Hawk College in Moline to study Physical Therapy.
Daniel Garza (continuing education scholarship) is a member of LiUNA Local 4. He currently is attending Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana where he is studying Accounting and Economics.
Kyle Zielinski (4-year scholarship) is graduating from Prospect High School and will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to major in Biology/Biochemistry. His father Jim is employed by George Sollitt Construction Co., who is signatory with the Carpenters, Laborers and Operators.
Diana Martinez (community college scholarship) will be graduating from Argo Community High School to attend Saint Xavier University to study Pre-Medicine. Her father Miguel is a member of Carpenters Local 1027.
Scholarships for high school seniors attending a 4-year university are $2,000/year; scholarships for students attending a community college are $1,000/year; scholarships for continuing education are $1,000/year.