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Heartland Students nominated for Illinois Community College Trustees Association awards

May 1, 2023

Three Heartland Community College students have been nominated for state-level awards from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA). 

The ICCTA awards recognize outstanding contributions from people and programs at community colleges in the state of Illinois and are given annually in several categories. Four students were selected as the college-wide winners for their respective categories and will received recognition at the April Board of Trustees meeting and will also receive an award of $200. Three of those students are nominated to the ICCTA for the state awards. 

Andria Merkle is the College’s nominee for the Gregg Chadwick Student Service Scholarship for extraordinary commitment to volunteer service. The award is named after former Heartland Board of Trustees Chair, the late Gregg Chadwick.

Landon Shaffer was nominated for the Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship for a who best articulates the peaceful messages of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Two students won the college-wide competition for the Paul Simon Student Essay Contest, Juan Ortega and Michael Costigan. Costigan’s essay has been submitted from Heartland for the state-level competition. The Paul Simon Student Essay Contest provides awards students who best describe "How My Community College Has Changed My Life." 

All currently enrolled students at ICCTA member colleges are eligible to participate each year; however, each college may enter only one student entry per scholarship in the statewide competition per academic year.

Written by: Steve Fast