Nineteen (19) students who had participated in the C-U One-to-One Mentoring Programs in Champaign-Urbana Schools for a minimum of three years and who graduated in 2012 received the promise of a scholarship for continuing education at the Mentoring Scholarship Foundation Banquet on May 1, 2012. The total value of the scholarship is $5,000: $500 for their 1st semester, $1000 for their 2nd semester; $1,500 for their 3rd semester and $2,000 for their 4th semester of college or trade school.
Alma Baker graduated from Champaign Central High School in May, 2012. She and Lisa Fielder started mentoring when Alma was in the 6th grade. Alma plans to attend Parkland College and study nursing. Alma says, Lisa helped me with my attitude and helped me keep my grades up.
Derraun Barbee graduated from Urbana High School in May, 2012. He has been in the mentoring program for two years and with Wes Seitz for one. Derraun plans to attend Millikin University to study chemical engineering and dance. Derraun says, Just when I thought I wouldn’t get into college my mentor kept supporting me and telling me to take advantage of the things you have. Now I’m going to Millikan University.
Keosha Gaines graduated from UHS in May. She & Lara Hebert have been together since 6th grade at UMS. Keosha plans to attend Parkland College. Lara has helped me develop a clear picture of what I want my life to be. She is always willing to help me with what-ever.
Piper Harvey graduated from UHS in May, 2012. Andrea Kirkland became her official mentor in 7th grade. Piper plans to attend Parkland College to study nursing. Piper was part of the Summer Internship program at Carle last summer. Andrea has played a big part in me reaching this milestone of graduation because she has always encouraged me in everything I do.
Khadijah Horton graduated from UHS in May, 2012. She and her mentor, Marilyn Mastny, first met when Khadijah was in 7th grade. Khadijah hopes to become an elementary school teacher. Khadijah says, The mentor program got me the Carle Internship and Marilyn helped me get through high school without giving up.
Carolyn Hughes graduated from Champaign Centennial in May, 2012. She met Suzanne Wingate in 6th grade. She hopes to attend Parkland College in the fall to become a CNA. She says, Suzanne has been a great role model in my life, someone I can trust and tell anything to and look up to.
Cassandra Irvin will graduate from Urbana Adult Ed in December, 2012. She met Alexis Koontz when she was in 7th grade at UMS. Cassie plans to attend Parkland to pursue a nursing career, ultimately becoming a midwife. About Alexis she says, She has played a huge role in my life helping me get this far. She’s never given up on me and always pushed me further.
Derick Johnson graduated from UHS in May, 2012. He and Steve McGaughy started mentoring when Derick was in 6th grade at UMS. Derick plans to attend Parkland College to become an EMT and eventually a firefighter. He says, Steve is able to talk to me and keep me motivated.
Xavier Lindsey graduated in May, 2012, from UHS. He’s been with Paul Hobbs since 3rd grade at Wiley School. With Paul’s encouragement, Xavier became a strong member of the UHS wrestling team. Xavier hopes to go to community college in Alabama in the fall. Paul is always pushing me in a good way. He got me involved in sports. He helps me when he can and he is also a good friend.