BATAVIA – To Batavia High School senior Joseph Doyle, working in the dining services department at The Holmstad retirement community in Batavia has been more than just a job.
“We’re friendly with almost all the residents here,” Doyle said. “It’s been more of a close relationship than just working for them.”
Doyle was one of nine graduating seniors on Wednesday who received $1,000 scholarships from The Residents’ Association Scholarship Committee at The Holmstad. Doyle plans to study engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
The committee awarded $9,000 worth of scholarship money to graduating high school seniors who work in the dining services department at The Holmstad. Since 1992, Holmstad residents have awarded $93,100 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have worked in The Holmstad’s dining services department for at least six months.
“We like to encourage them in their education and let them know that we are proud of them,” said Scholarship Committee Chair Linnea Root.
To select the winners, the committee reviewed each student’s transcript, autobiography and recommendations from two teachers, a counselor and their Holmstad supervisor. The funds come from several sources of resident activities, including The Holmstad’s annual holiday bazaar.
Geneva High School senior Alice Paul, who also was awarded a scholarship, has been working at The Holmstad for more than a year. She plans to study psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“It’s been a nice experience,” she said. “You get to know a lot of the residents really well.”
Other students who were awarded scholarships include Batavia High School seniors Delaney Corbitt, Jeffrey Heise, Mitchell Kavalec and Gabriel Monarrez. Geneva High School seniors Benjamin Borowiak and Stephanie Condon also were awarded scholarships, along with West Aurora High School senior Francisco Gama.
In addition to awarding the scholarships, Holmstad residents gave all the 18 graduating seniors who worked in dining services $50 each.