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Illinois Community College Trustees Association creates Gregg Chadwick Student Service Scholarship

November 23, 2021

The Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) is recognizing the legacy of a longtime Heartland Community College Trustee with a new scholarship. 

At their meeting on November 12-13, 2021, the ICCTA Board Representatives adopted guidelines and criteria for the Gregg Chadwick Student Service Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in 2022. 

Chadwick passed away in the summer of 2020. At the time he was serving as both chair of Heartland’s District 540 Board of Trustees as well as President of the ICCTA. 

"In his 18 years on the Heartland Community College Board of Trustees as well as in his work with Marcfirst, Gregg chose to prioritize service and community good in sharing his expertise and expressing his steady leadership," said Thomas Whitt, Heartland Community College District 540 Board of Trustees member, who serves as a representative of the school to ICCTA. "Gregg’s presence is missed by those of us who benefitted from his experience and generosity of spirit." 

Fitting with Chadwick’s long career of public service the scholarship will support students who are dedicated to the enrichment of others. 

“Gregg Chadwick was a true servant leader in that he was quiet, steady, kind, and a friend,” said Jon Looney, ICCTA president. “In this spirit, ICCTA established the Gregg Chadwick Student Service Scholarship to honor his longtime and heartfelt legacy of public service.” 

Each nomination for the Gregg Chadwick Student Service Scholarship will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • How does this student stand out, serving as a strong role model for others and engaging others in community service?
  • Have the student's efforts made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact on the college or community?
  • How much time has this student devoted to community service during their college enrollment?
  • How has the student's volunteer work been recognized and valued by their peers and community leaders? 

All currently enrolled students at ICCTA member colleges are eligible to participate in the Gregg Chadwick Student Service Scholarship competition. Each college may submit one entry per academic year. 

Chadwick served on the HCC Board of Trustees since 2002 and was elected Chair of the Board in 2009. He had also served the ICCTA in previous roles, including Treasurer (2009-2010), Chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Committee (2017-2019), and as Vice President (2019-2020). Chadwick served as Chief Operating Officer at Marcfirst in Normal.

 

Written by: Steve Fast