NEWS | SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Learn more about the 33 deserving recipients to date of the Peter J. Herchenbach Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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 graduated in 2012 from the Honors University at Lake County College. Haley continues to help others in Lake County with her hippotherapy skills.
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.
Jim earned his BS in Computer Engineering at University of Iowa in 2014 and is a software engineer in Chicago.
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 epitomized the character and courage of our Pete's scholars.
Jenna graduated with her BS in Nursing from St.Mary's at Notre Dame, was recently married, and is working in the Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, IL.
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!
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.
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 earned his Associates Degree in HVAC Studies from Harper College and is working in Chicago.
Cynthia R. Jasso
Cynthia finished both her undergraduate Business Administration degree and MBA at Robert Morris University with honors and happily resides in Waukegan.
Lauren studied at the University of Iowa and Harper College.
2013, 2015 & 2016 Recipient
Stephanie has completed her BS degree in Chinese Studies at the University of Oregon, and is now an active international human rights advocate: https://www.hrw.org/about/people/stephanie-collins
2014, 2016 & 2017 Recipient
Josh earned his Graphic Arts degree from McHenry Community College and is now an innovative graphic designer in Woodstock, IL.
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.
Ethan J. Gray
Ethan completed his BA at St. Xavier University in Chicago and is now a professional illastrator.
2015 -2020 Recipient
Anna proudly earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University and is a practicing PT in Chicago.
2018 - 2023 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.
Abbie graduated from Grayslake H.S. and is in her Senior year towards a Nursing degree at Purdue University.
Shria graduated from Neuque H.S. in Naperville and is in her Junior year Biology studies at Loyola University in Chicago.
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. https://www.smithcorcoran.com/obituary/olivia-grace-sergot/
Mayra graduated from Round Lake H.S. and studying clinical psychology at the College of the Holy Cross in Chicago.
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.
Chadi moved form Morrocco to get brain tumor treatments in 2015, then had to conquer leukemia. His cancer is now in remission as he enters his junior year studies at Loyola-Chicago.
Abby van der Lippe
Abby graduated from Hershey H.S.. despite the challenges of Primary Ciliary Dyskineria and is a sophomore
at Purdue University.
Ashley is back attending UW-Parkside, with a few interruptions from challenges caused by MoyaMoya disease.
Bobby graduated from Libertyville H.S.. overcoming the challenges of lymphoma and is now a sophomore at Illinois State University.
Rosie graduated from Fremd H.S. despite constant health challenges from brain tumors since she was 3 years old. She was a freshman at Harper College and is now studying art.