JBT – the tradition continues

JBT – the tradition continues

Dec 15
Marla Todd, Associate Director of Advancement Communications

This season is full of tradition for so many! For the College of ACES, the first Friday of December brings the opportunity to celebrate a 37-year tradition – the Jonathon Baldwin Turner (JBT) Scholarship program.  At a banquet Dec. 4, the College of ACES honored the newest class of JBT Scholarship recipients, and the generous donors who made these 50 scholarships possible.

The JBT Scholarship program is the premier scholarship opportunity made available to the best and brightest ACES freshmen. This year’s class was no exception. Not only did they excel academically, but they were engaged in their schools, communities and, in some cases, around the globe. They were class officers, student council presidents, and Illinois State Scholars. Their activities include sports, cheerleading, dancing, theater and music. They’ve spearheaded fundraisers to battle cancer and diabetes. Volunteering at soup kitchens, food pantries, hospitals, humane societies and as election judges spanned their scholarship applications. They are not limited in their work ethic – working detassling corn, growing strawberries, raising cattle, mowing lawns, DJ’ing, lifeguarding, teaching piano and guitar, and coaching and refereeing a plethora of sports.

Nearly 20 years ago, on the first Friday in December, I joined the ranks of JBT scholars and still keep in touch with many of my fellow recipients (in part because many of us lived in the same certified housing that first year.) At that time, I didn’t completely grasp the breadth of amazing people surrounding me, nor the impact that would be made by that group in the years ahead. I’m not sure that the 50 outstanding young people who sat in that room Friday evening realize that about themselves right now either, but I am certain they will have great impacts both at the University of Illinois and far beyond.

Congratulations to these amazing students on this much deserved honor and thank you to the numerous donors who continue to support the JBT Scholarship program.

David and Louise Rogers, JBT donors, with recipient Jacob Apter, freshman in Human Development and Family Studies