BATAVIA, IL — Four Batavia High School soon-to-be graduates were recognized by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce with the organization’s first Inspire Scholarships. Aidan Perrault, Priya Dave, Logan Bain and Haley Skupa will each receive $750 toward their college education, according to a news release.
The four categories for the scholarships — Inspiring Entrepreneurship, Inspiring Women in Business, Inspiring Career & Technical Achievers, and Inspiring Contributors to a Batavia Chamber Business — represent the makeup of the chamber’s membership, the release states.
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Aidan Perrault, who earned the chamber’s entrepreneurial scholarship, is set to attend Illinois State University to study music education. The Inspiring Entrepreneurship scholarship is meant to reward a student who has interest in starting a business and encourage them to consider Batavia, the release states. Perrault showed his entrepreneurial mind by saving money from odd jobs to purchase a candy and gumball machine.
Priya Dave earned the Inspiring Women in Business scholarship, given to a high school student interested in pursuing an education and career in business. Dave is set to attend Northwestern University in the fall with a double major in business and biomedical engineering
Logan Bain won the Inspiring Career & Technical Achievers scholarship, given to a graduating student interested in a trade or career in manufacturing. Bain plans to earn his associate’s degree at Waubonsee Community College before transferring to a four-year university, the release states. He gained experience on his journey to becoming a firefighter or paramedic with a dual-credit fire science program with Batavia High School and WCC via the Fox Valley Career Center, the release states.
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Haley Skupa, who will attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham to study nursing, earned the chamber’s Inspiring Contributors to a Batavia Chamber Business scholarship.
“We sincerely wish our scholarship winners, along with all the top-notch applicants, much success as they continue their educational journey,” said Margaret Perreault, president and CEO of Batavia Chamber of Commerce. “Ending their high school career during a pandemic means many worthwhile accomplishments aren’t receiving the normal fanfare, but they are no less important. Congratulations to all.”