FAMILY OF LATE CCBC INSTRUCTOR TO HOST 5K WALK FOR SCHOLARSHIP IN HER NAME

     On Saturday, July 26th, the family of Jeannie M. Schilling, who was an English instructor and tutor at Community College of Beaver County, will host a 5K benefit walk at Raccoon State Park in effort to raise $1,500 for two scholarships in her name.

     Jeannie Schilling, worked at CCBC from 2001 until 2007, taught English courses and also worked in the Learning Center as an English tutor. After Jeannie passed away from cancer in December of 2007, her children Christopher and Catherine Schilling wanted to honor their mother’s memory by establishing two scholarships at CCBC.

     “My mother not only had a great passion for CCBC, but she held a special place in her heart for the students,” said Christopher Schilling, son of Jeannie Schilling. “It was her calling in life to see them academically succeed.”

     The Schillings are developing two scholarships.  The first $750 scholarship will be awarded throughout the 2014-15 academic year on a case-by-case basis in order to help full-time students who utilize the Academic Support Services overcome a temporary emergency situation.  

     The second $750 scholarship was established to help full-time non-traditional students purchase books.  Schilling said that his mother, who once was a non-traditional student at CCBC in the early 90s and later graduated from Geneva College in 1998, always wanted to establish a scholarship so non-traditional students could receive assistant when purchasing books.

     “My mother saw how hard it was financially for many students in her classes and in the Learning Center,” said Christopher.  “It is our hope that the scholarship helps students with the necessities when they find themselves in an emergency.”

     Christopher Schilling, who was a CCBC student from 2002 to 2004, saw first-hand the financial struggle many community college students face while trying to balance their lives between earning a degree and financially supporting themselves and their families.

     “My mother knew the struggle many non-traditional students had when it came to buying textbooks and it was her wish to help them,” said Schilling.

     The Schillings are holding the 5K fundraiser to raise $1,500 to support both scholarships. While 2014-15 is the first academic year the scholarships are offered, Christopher hopes to increase the scholarship amounts in the future by building connections and generating support from local business and community leaders as he shares the story of his mother's passion for helping CCBC students reach their academic goals.

     “My mother strongly believed education was the tool that helped people not only find new opportunities, but also fulfill their lifelong career callings,” Schilling said.  “It's our hope to not only carry on my mother’s passion for CCBC students in her absence, but like my mother, make a difference in the lives of students at CCBC just like my mother felt called to do in her life.”

     For more information or to sign up for the 5K Walk, visit jms.ticketleap.com/20145kwalk. Participants can also register at 8:30 a.m. the day of the walk.  The suggested donation for the walk is $15.00. Anyone who cannot walk but wishes to donate to the Jeannie Schilling Scholarships may also donate by visiting the same website or by check made payable to the CCBC Foundation Schilling Scholarship, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca, PA 15061.

For more information about the Jeannie Schilling Scholarships, visit ccbc.edu/CCBCFoundationScholarships