Memorial Scholarship RecipientThe Peoria Academy of Science Memorial Scholarship Fund annually awards a scholarship to a student from the Tri-County Area who is a member of one of the Academy Sections or a physical science major at Bradley University, Eureka College, or Illinois Central College.

The Peoria Academy of Science Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1964 by Ervin and Martha Jackson as a living memorial for their son, Donald Jackson, an astronomy major at the University of Illinois, who died in an automobile accident that year. The Jacksons’ contributions in memory of their son and other contributions in memory of other Academy of Science members are invested and the dividends are used for an annual scholarship award. Since inception in 1964, Memorial contributions have been made in memory of over thirty persons and the size of the award has grown from the first award of $75 to the present award of $1000.

Application forms are made available in mid-January of each year through the department heads at the three local Colleges and the chairs of the various Sections of the Peoria Academy of Science, and are to be submitted by the end of February. The applications are examined by a committee of five, and they decide which, if any, of the applicants is qualified to receive the award, based on the applicant’s scholarship, Academy participation, school and civic activities, and character references. The amount of the award is set by the Board of the Academy of Science based on the income of the Memorial Scholarship Fund in the previous year.

Donations to honor any Academy member may be sent to Mr. Jeff McNutt, Treasurer, Peoria Academy of Science, P O Box 3412, Peoria IL 61612-3412, or to Doug Holmes, Secretary, PASc Memorial Scholarship Fund, 910 E Norwood Ave, Peoria, IL 61603. Since the Academy is a 501(c)(3) organization, any donations will be tax deductible for the donor to the fullest extent of the law. All donations received will be invested with the Peoria Academy of Science Memorial Scholarship Funds at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, and only the income from the Fund will be used for scholarship awards.

For more information on Peoria Academy of Science
Memorial Scholarships, contact Doug Holmes.

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