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Ryan Coe Memorial Scholarship

After a two-year fight, Ryan Robert Edward Coe died from complications arising from cancer on December 2, 2008 at the age of 15. He would have been in the PBL Class of 2011. Ryan loved the outdoors, and he loved sports. He liked to build things, depending on his own creativity and sometimes finding resources for his projects in unlikely places. In honor of his courage, his determination, his resourcefulness, and his enthusiasm for life, his parents Michele and Todd Coe have established the Ryan Coe Memorial Scholarship.

Administered by the PBL Education Foundation, the scholarship will honor each year one graduating senior from PBL High school with a one-time $1000 award. Applicants must show evidence of at least a 2.0 grade point average (on a scale of 4.0) and must plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or trade/vocational school. (Proof of enrollment will be required for release of scholarship payment after the award is announced.)

Application Requirements

Applications will be available both on this website and at the PBL High School Guidance Office.

Applications for the 2016-2017 school year must be  mailed directly to the following address and must have a postmark dated no later than March 17, 2017

PBL Education Foundation
Ryan Coe Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 192
Paxton, IL 60957

Any application not postmarked by March 17 will be ineligible for consideration for the scholarship. For more information concerning this scholarship, please contact pbl@pblfoundation.org.

The recipient will be selected on basis of the following weighted criteria: 

  1. Written essay
  2. Two references from non-family members, one of whom must be a teacher. It would also be appropriate to ask an employer, a youth leader at church, a scout leader, or some other person from the community that knows the student well.
  3. Because Ryan was passionately interested in the outdoors and especially in conservation, one part of the selection process will be based on the student’s choice of major. All graduating seniors with a C average may apply; however, students intending to major in ag sciences, natural sciences, environmental studies and conservation will be given extra points.

Applications will be evaluated and the recipient chosen by the scholarship committee of the PBL Education Foundation. Their decision will be final. Announcement of the recipient will be made at the annual Senior Academic Awards night prior to graduation.

Interested applicants may use the following links to print the information sheet and application blanks for the scholarship:

Coe Scholarship Fact Sheet

Coe Scholarship Application 2017

Past Winners
2017 Ryan Coe Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Jakob Miles
The 2017 recipient of the Ryan Coe MemorialScholarship  is Jakob Miles of rural Paxton.  Created  by Michele and Todd Coe in memory of their son who died on December 2, 2008 at the age of 15, the Ryan Coe Memorial [more]
2016:  Peyton McClure 2015:  Haley Brokate 2014:  Tyler Rubarts 2013: Erin Lemley 2012:  Dallas Glazik 2011:  Tyler Apland and Michael Shively 2010:  Kirsten Blackford [more]

Our Mission is to acquire and distribute resources for enhancing or supplementing the educational programs for all learners in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Community Unit #10 School District located in Paxton, Illinois