Learn more about the 30 deserving recipients to date of the Peter J. Herchenbach Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

Marc Zider

Founding Recipient - 2007 & 2008

Marc graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2013 but passed away in January 2014 at his apartment in Iowa City, IA, with his guitar at his side.  He had an impressive lifetime despite compounding health challenges his entire life.

Haley White

2008 Recipient

Haley graduated in 2012 from the Honors University at Lake County College.  Haley continues to help others in Lake County with her hippotherapy skills. 

Jennifer Sutton

2009 Recipient

Jennifer graduated from Southern Illinios University and fulfilled her dream of being a fashion designer in New York City before succumbing to Freideich's ataxia on June 24, 2018 at age 25.

David Heinrich

2010, 2013 & 2014 Recipient

David completed two years of the University of Illinois' aerospace engineering program, and 4 of 5 years of his Syracuse University architecture degree before passing away on March 3, 2017.  David consistently epitomized the character and courage of our Pete's  scholars.

Kylene Ogborne

2011-2014 Recipient

Kylen has graduated with her Nursing degree from Elmhurst College and is now a practicing Registered Nurse in the Chicago area, happily married and a mom!

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Joanna Lagedrost

2012 Recipient

Joanna earned her journalism degree from Notre Dame in South Bend despite her mounting physical challenges caused by Freidreich's ataxia.  This courageous lady passed away October 17, 2018 at age 25.

Cynthia Jasso

2012-16 Recipient

Cynthia finished both her undergraduate  Business Administration degree and MBA at Robert Morris University with honors and happily resides in Waukegan.

Stephanie Collins

2013, 2015 & 2016 Recipient

Stephanie has completed her BS degree in Chinese Studies at  the University of Oregon.  She worked in China for the U.S. State Department and with Mobility International USA. 

Aunur Escutia

2014, 2015 & 2017 Recipient

Anuar earned his BA in Marketing & Graphics studies  and then his  Masters of Social Studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Jim Couch

2009 Recipient

Jim earned his BS in Computer Engineering at University of Iowa in 2014 and is a software engineer in Chicago.

Jenna McKeown

2010 Recipient

Jenna graduated with her BS in Nursing from St.Mary's at Notre Dame, and is now working in the bone marrow transplant unit of  Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, IL.

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Lauren Holbrook

2011 Recipient

Lauren completed her studies and missionary work at BYU majoring in History, met her husband Dan thanks to their mutual love of movies, and is happy and healthy in Indianapolis.

Frank Siriano

2011 Recipient

Frank earned his Associates Degree in HVAC Studies from Harper College and is working in Chicago.

Lauren Kelly

2013 Recipient

Lauren studied at Harper College, close to home, after attending University of Iowa in the Fall semester.  

Joshua Tillman

2014, 2016 & 2017 Recipient

Josh earned his Graphic Arts degree from McHenry Community College and is now an innovative graphic designer in Woodstock, IL.

Ethan J. Gray

2015 Recipient

Ethan completed his BA at St. Xavier University in Chicago and is an impressive freelance illastrator:

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Anna Monroe

2015 -2020 Recipient

Anna finished her B.S. in Exercise Science/P.T and is in her final year of earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University.

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Olivia Tomassetti

2018 - 2021 Recipient

Liv graduated from Libertyville H.S. and is in her 4th year of the 6-year law degree program at DePaul University in Chicago.

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Abigail Tonkey

2019-2021 Recipient

Abbie graduated from Grayslake H.S. and is in her Junior year towards a Nursing degree at Purdue University.  


Shria Haidipurker

2019-2021 Recipient

​Shria graduated from Neuque H.S. in Naperville and is in her Junior year Biology studies at Loyola University in Chicago.

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Olivia Sergot

2020-2021 Recipient

​Olivia graduated from New Trier H.S.  and lost her battle with Wilms tumor complications during her sophomore nursing studies at TCU in Ft. Worth.

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Chadi Amzil

2021 Recipient

​Chadi moved form Morroco to get brain tumor treatments in 2015, then conquered leukemia to enter his Freshman studies at Loyola-Chicago.

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Mayra Davila

2019 Recipient

Mayra graduated from Round Lake H.S. and studying clinical psychology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass.

Our 'Class of 2020' Scholars

Left to Right:  

Kelsey Ziemnisky from Libertyville H.S. used her 4th Pete's Scholarship to earn her BSN at the University of Alabama and is an operating room nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Jake LaGasse from Fremd H.S. used his 4th Pete's Scholarship to graduate from Indiana University's Kelly Business School. and is working at CDW.

Brad Gardner from Spring Grove, after a year recovering from a life changing double lung transplant, used his 4th Pete's Scholarship to earn his BS from UW-Steven's Point's Fisheries & Water Sciences.

Ian Freedman from Fremd H.S. recently graduated from the University of Michigan's Computer Science program;

Cale Carpenter from Harvard H.S. used his 4th Pete's Scholarship to graduate from North Central College's Interactive Media program;


Amanda Zupek from Carmel H.S., earned her 5th Pete's

Scholarship to complete her Montana State University's Cell Biology & Neuroscience degree. 

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Ashley Stich

2021 Recipient

​Ashley graduated from St. Joseph's H.S. in Kenosha and is studying at UW-Parkside despite challenges from a stroke caused by MoyaMoya disease.

We always love to hear from our past recipients.  If you have any recent pictures or information you would like to share, please email us!