Sprehe Scholarship recipients chosen

April 3, 2020

The Ralph & Bernice Sprehe St. Mary Parish/Kaskaskia College Scholarship Trust Selection Committee recently selected six students to be scholarship recipients. The Trust will distribute up to a total of $27,760 in the 2020 – 2021 school year to these St. Mary Catholic Church parishioners to assist them in continuing their studies at Kaskaskia College.

The recipients are Jake Hardy, Alma Pahuamba, Dylan Terry, Laynee Timmons, and Enrique Villagomez. Each were selected as recipients of the Kaskaskia College full-tuition scholarships valued up to $4,352.00 for the 2020 – 2021 year.

Hunter Martin is the recipient of a 4-Year Ralph Sprehe Memorial Scholarship. He was awarded a $6,000.00 scholarship for the 2020 – 2021 year to attend Kaskaskia College. He will continue to receive scholarship awards annually through the 2022 – 2023 school year to continue his studies at Kaskaskia College and a university of his choice. Hunter was selected for this scholarship based on his extraordinary performance, individual initiative and need.

The Sprehe Scholarship Trust was established by a generous gift from Ralph and Bernice Sprehe in 1998 to assist parishioners of St. Mary Catholic Church in obtaining a college education at Kaskaskia College. The gift was placed in trust and is managed by the Centralia Branch of the US Bank Wealth Management. The purpose of the Trust is to serve as a perpetual endowment to assist current and future generations of St. Mary Catholic Church parishioners in attending Kaskaskia College by full payment of their tuition for four consecutive semesters. Mr. Sprehe expanded the scope of Trust in 2002 by amending the Trust Agreement to include an additional category of baccalaureate scholarships. These baccalaureate scholarships are for St. Mary Catholic Church parishioners who have graduated from Kaskaskia College and are continuing their studies at a four-year university of their choice.