2019 Marquette Bank Scholarship Program

Release date: 6/11/2019

Orland Park, IL (June 10, 2019) – Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, continued its 50+ year tradition of awarding scholarships to local graduating seniors. This year, the Marquette Bank Education Foundation awarded individual scholarships of $2,500 to 56 graduating seniors from Chicagoland schools.
“Marquette Bank is proud to invest in the future education of these students. Our scholarship recipients have all exceeded their volunteer service requirements and have shown their commitment to making a difference in their community,” George Moncada, President and CEO of Marquette Bank, said. “We wish them much success in college and beyond in their professional lives.”
Since the scholarship program began during the 1967 -1968 school year, more than $3.4 million has been awarded to over 1,700 high school seniors from Chicagoland neighborhoods. Students were selected based on financial need, scholastic achievement and a record of volunteer service in their communities. The scholarship can be used for any post-secondary education program, including: four-year universities, community colleges and vocational training schools.
The scholarship program is funded by the Marquette Bank Education Foundation (MBEF) and scholarships were awarded to students chosen by their school’s guidance counselors and principals.
Listed below are the 2019 Marquette Bank Education Foundation Scholarship recipients (note: information is listed by Student’s hometown/location and includes student’s name, High School and the institution he or she is planning to attend):
Blue Island

  • Emily Zarate of Blue Island; Eisenhower High School; St. Xavier University
  • Firyal Khan of Bolingbrook; Bolingbrook High School; University of California – Los Angeles
  • Ivette Zuniga of Bridgeview; Argo Community High School; University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Evelyn Garcia of Burbank; Reavis High School; Western Illinois University
  • Joshua Zavala of Burbank; St. Laurence High School; University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Calumet Park
  • Journey Jamison of Calumet Park; Richards High School; Howard University
  • Valery Pineda of Chicago (Archer Heights); Acero - Garcia High School; DePaul University
  • Chasatte Simeon of Chicago (Englewood); Air Force Academy High School; Governors State University
  • Laura Moya of Chicago (Back of the Yards); Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School; Harold Washington College
  • Brenda Gutierrez of Chicago (Little Village); Benito Juarez Community Academy; Coe College
  • Chelsea Mejia of Chicago (Scottsdale); Bogan College Prep High School; St. Xavier University
  • Treasure McCraney of Chicago (Marquette Park); Catalyst Maria High School; College of St. Benedict - St John
  • Sean Williams of Chicago (Beverly); Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences; University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Alexander Cinkus of Chicago (Stickney); Chicago Hope Academy; University of Illinois Chicago
  • Jennifer Martinez Ruiz of Chicago (Gage Park); Curie Metropolitan High School; Arrupe College of Loyola University
  • Kaiya Wheaten of Chicago (Beverly); De La Salle Institute; University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Asia Jordan of Chicago (Washington Park); Eric Solorio Academy High School; Governors State University
  • Marialexandra Nunez of Chicago (South Lawndale/Little Village); Farragut Career Academy; University of Illinois Chicago
  • Cristina Hernandez of Chicago (Gage Park); Gage Park High School; St. Olaf College
  • Brianna Hernandez of Chicago (Chicago Lawn); Hancock High School; University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign    
  • Michelle Halk-Williams of Chicago (West Englewood); Harper High School; Robert Morris University
  • Brenda Diaz of Chicago (Chicago Lawn); Hubbard High School; MacMurray College
  • Cesar Guzman of Chicago (South Lawndale/Little Village); Infinity Math, Science and Technology High School; University of Illinois - Chicago          
  • Lashonda Ford of Chicago (Englewood); Johnson College Prep.; Eastern Michigan University
  • Luis Barrera (Brighton Park); Kelly High School; Southern Illinois University
  • Michael Shell of Chicago (Clearing); Kennedy High School; University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Alyssa Almanza of Chicago (East Beverly); Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School; Illinois State University
  • Makenna Farrelly of Chicago (West Beverly); Marist High School; University of Kentucky
  • Serena Echols of Chicago (Marquette Park); Morgan Park High School; Spellman College
  • Bianca Stachnik of Chicago (West Lawn); Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School; University of Illinois - Chicago
  • Michael Peck of Chicago (Ashburn); Mount Carmel High School; Gettysburg College
  • Yajaira Raygoza of Chicago (Little Village); Our Lady of Tepeyac High School; Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago
  • Samera Franklin of Chicago (West Pullman); Percy L. Julian High School; Northern Illinois University
  • Paulina Delgadillo of Chicago (Chicago Lawn); St. Ignatius College Prep; Dominican University
  • Victor Price of Chicago (West Pullman); Simeon Career Academy; Harris-Stowe State University
  • Harlan Fuentes of Chicago (New City); Tilden Career Community Academy High School; Savannah State University
  • Madeline Reese of Chicago (Bridgeport); Trinity High School; Purdue University
  • Sean Faulkner of Chicago (Minshall Park); Urban Prep.Academies – University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Javier Montoya of Cicero; Cristo Rey Jesuit High School; Lake Forest College
Evergreen Park
  • Ryan Creevy of Evergreen Park; Brother Rice High School; Marquette University
  • Emma O’Grady of Evergreen Park; Evergreen Park High School; Marquette University
  • Jose Alencastro of Evergreen Park; St. Rita of Cascia High School; Dominican University
Hazel Crest
  • Jokon Cousett of Hazel Crest; Leo Catholic High School; Concordia St. Paul University
Hickory Hills
  • Danny Litton of Hickory Hills; Chicago Christian High School; Emory University
  • Alexander Filipek of Hickory Hills; Stagg High School; Illinois Institute of Technology        
  • Anna Goranski of Lemont; Lemont High School; St. Louis University
  • Jasmine Johnston of Markham; Tinley Park High School; Illinois State University
  • Grace Flanagan of Midlothian: Oak Forest High School; Western Michigan University
New Lenox
  • Josephine Haas of New Lenox; Lincoln-Way Central High School; Saint Mary's College
  • Matthew Cerven of New Lenox; Providence Catholic High School; Marquette University
Oak Lawn
  • Angelica Rafacz of Oak Lawn; Oak Lawn Community High School; Concordia University Chicago
  • Jannah Yusuf of Oak Lawn; Universal School; University of Illinois – Chicago
Orland Park
  • Jenna Shaheen of Orland Park; Sandburg High School; Michigan State University
  • Justin Kamholz of Orland Park; Andrew High School; University of Wisconsin
  • Eduardo Castillo of Romeoville; Romeoville High School; Columbia College Chicago
  • Samantha Witkowski of Worth; Shepard High School; University of Illinois – Chicago
The Marquette Bank Education Foundation Scholarship Program is part of the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment, where each quarter the bank focuses on a different area of need, including: shelter, hunger, education and health/wellness. For more information on the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment or scholarship program, call 1-888-254-9500 or visit www.emarquettebank.com.  
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Photo Caption: The Marquette Bank Education Foundation awarded 56 scholarships of $2,500 to local graduating high school seniors. Since the program began, more than $3.4 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 1,700 students from Chicagoland neighborhoods. For additional photos, please visit https://emarquettebank.com/scholarshipphotos2019/.

About Marquette Bank:

Marquette Bank is one of the largest neighborhood banks in Chicagoland and has been helping neighbors, families and businesses achieve their financial goals since 1945. Independent and locally-owned, Marquette Bank is proud to offer a full range of banking services, financial solutions, trust, estate and retirement planning, wealth management, home financing and lending services to both consumers and local businesses. The Bank offers customers mobile banking, online banking, in-person and telephone banking options and free access to over 55,000 Allpoint ATMs worldwide.

Marquette Bank has 21 banking centers, 2 lending services offices and a corporate administrative center with locations in Chicago, Bolingbrook, Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Lemont, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Romeoville and Summit, Illinois. Marquette Bank is a subsidiary of Marquette National Corporation, a diversified financial holding company, and has $1.5 billion in assets along with a local lending portfolio of almost $1 billion. Marquette Bank is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Connect with Marquette Bank on social media on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For more information visit: https://www.emarquettebank.com or call 1-888-254-9500.