The Moler-Austin Scholarship is available through the Illinois Retired Teachers Foundation.
Two scholarships of $4,500 are awarded to Kendall County high school graduates pursuing a degree in education.
This scholarship is available because of a gift from IRTA member Identa Austin, who donated 80 acres of land to the IRTA.
The profits from the sale of that land are used to fund the Moler-Austin scholarship.
The 2020 recipients are:
Brianna Welch of Oswego, who is attending Concordia University Chicago and is an incoming senior. She is pursuing a degree in elementary education and psychology.
Welch works as a tutor at the Academic Center for Excellence, where she specializes in helping students in different math classes, and help other future educators write lesson plans.
She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and is also a part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, where she serves on the Special Olympics committee.
Huntar Jones of Yorkville will be an incoming senior at Northern Illinois University, pursuing a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in bilingual education and teaching English as a second language. Jones hopes to be a bilingual teacher in her hometown school.
She believes supporting students in their native language is something that is so important when working with English learning students.
This scholarship is advertised in all the local papers in Kendall County. The ad runs the last week of December and the first week of January so students that are home for winter break will see the advertisement.