Fifteen Local Residents Receive Life-Changing Adult Scholarship Awards

Scholarships presented to nontraditional students

Fifteen Macon County residents, all nontraditional students, have received adult scholarship awards to help them pursue their interrupted dreams of completing college or vocational training. The awards, which totaled $26,000, were offered through the competitive adult scholarship program introduced by The Community Foundation of Macon County. The students selected to receive scholarship awards for fall semester 2022 are:

  • Sarah Bradley, Millikin University
  • Keela Cook, Richland Community College
  • Keagan Cunningham, Richland Community College
  • Tyrrina Dandridge, Richland Community College
  • Amanda Drain, Millikin University
  • Heidi Lourash, Richland Community College
  • Ashley Nail, Richland Community College
  • Shantel Rogers, Millikin University
  • Kelsey Rigsby, Millikin University
  • Shawndra Sorrell, Richland Community College
  • Dana Thomas, Richland Community College
  • Jeanette Vought, Richland Community College
  • Jenna Ward, Millikin University
  • LaMarcus Williams, Midstate Electrical Training Center
  • Kelsie Wujek, Millikin University

“Adult scholarship recipients have a drive to achieve their educational goals, but they often need funding assistance to help make their educational dreams a reality,” says Scholarship Coordinator Kathy Carter. “Many of these students are simultaneously working and raising children while completing a degree to help them achieve a new position or to advance in their chosen field. The adult scholarship program for Macon County residents helps nontraditional learners achieve their educational goals and that can help move our entire community forward.”

Nontraditional scholarship opportunities are offered twice yearly, for spring and fall semester, to eligible Macon County residents age 24 or older. Applicants must have interrupted their education, at some point, for at least three years after graduating from high school or completing a GED, and financial need is considered when determining award recipients.

Online applications for spring semester 2023 scholarship awards open Nov. 1, 2022, on The Community Foundation of Macon County website at For more information about the adult scholarship program or the application process, visit or contact Carter at 217-220-1363 or