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Virgina Graham Memorial Scholarship

Virginia Graham Information Sheet


Virginia (Beckley) Graham was born and raised on a farm in rural Rossville, Illinois, on February 1, 1928.  She graduated from Illinois State Normal University in 1949.  After teaching for five years, she devoted her life to raising a family.  She went back to teaching in 1974.  She taught fourth grade at Clara Peterson School for over 20 years.  After her retirement, she continued to work with children as a volunteer and substitute teacher at Clara Peterson.  She died in February, 2003.

Scholarship Information

In memory of her and her love for children, Virginia’s family along with the Paxton Education Foundation have provided a $500 scholarship to a Paxton graduate pursuing a degree in education or child development.

Eligible applicants include PBL graduating high school senior students.  Applicants must rank in the top 50% of their graduating class 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.)

The recipient will be selected on the basis of these three weighted selection criteria:

  1. Academic achievement as evidenced by grade point average (seventh semester), class rank, and test scores. (1/4)
  2. Participation and leadership in community, school, and work experience activities. (1/4)
  3. Written narrative essay. (1/2)

Financial need will be a criteria for selection.

Applicants must submit a printed application form consisting of four parts:  Cover Sheet/Student Information; Academic Information; Extra-Curricular Activities; and Essay.

Applications must by submitted by mail with a postmark dated no later than February 17, 2017.  Any application not postmarked by February 17 will be ineligible for consideration for the scholarship.  

The PBL Education Foundation Scholarship Committee will evaluate finalist applications and select the winner.

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

Virginia Grant Scholarship Information Sheet

Virginia Graham Scholarship Application

Past Winners
2014 Virginia Graham Scholarship Winner:  Haley Stagen
Haley Stagen, daughter of Brian and Julie Stagen of Paxton,  was presented the Virginia Graham Scholarship by Nancy Baird at the PBL Senior Academic Awards Night. During her high school career Stagen  was a four-year member of the volleyball team [more]
2013: Andi Lemley 2012: Claire Heyman 2011:  Dylan Overstreet 2010:  Taylor Rubarts 2009:  Kara Johnson 2008:  Tiffany Apland 2007:  Tim Knilands 2006:  Blake LeClair 2005:  Staci Burklund 2004:  John Pacey [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