Keeley Flanigan of St. Charles and Christopher Schmidt of Batavia were among 53 area students to receive 2016 DCFS scholarships.
The scholarship winners were selected from nearly 300 applicants from across the state based on academic achievement, community involvement and an essay, a news release stated. They were honored at a scholarship awards luncheon in Chicago.
Flanigan, 18, is a 2016 graduate of St. Charles East High School, where she earned a 4.40 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale, according to the news release.
While in high school, Flanigan participated in varsity drill team, varsity track and field, history club and one-act plays and served as a teacher’s assistant for debate class. She received varsity letters in drill team and track and field, the release stated.
In addition, Flanigan was recognized as being an all-conference and all-state athlete in track and field. She was chosen to be a member of Soleunique Dance Company and was recruited by a nationally known dance choreographer to be a member of Midwest Movement Dance Company.
She has volunteered her time at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, for Bridge Walk, the Kick-A-Thon and Northern Illinois Food Bank and has served as a Salvation Army bell ringer and taught younger children dance.
She plans to attend Illinois State University and major in dance performance, according to the release.
Schmidt, 18, is a 2016 graduate of Batavia High School, where he earned a 3.06 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, the release stated.
While in high school, he was a member of football, basketball, track and field, lacrosse and the Batavia High School Dog Pound.
He was chosen to be the representative from his high school at the Illinois Leadership Seminar.
Schmidt was on the academic honor roll and was awarded an academic varsity letter for football and track and field, the release stated. He also served as student ambassador for new students and families.
He has volunteered his time collecting socks, hats, gloves and scarves for the homeless; has helped families in need in his community; and taught younger students sports.
Schmidt plans to attend Illinois State University and major in political science, according to the release.