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Friendship Senior Options Foundation has awarded the 2020 Paul J. Schaffhausen Memorial Scholarships to four outstanding graduating high school seniors. Danzcel Gerona of Bartlett and Erin Gleason of Aurora received associate scholarships, which are given to employees or the children of employees at Friendship Village of Schaumburg and GreenFields of Geneva, respectively. Danzcel, a dining services associate at Friendship Village, will pursue a degree in nursing from Concordia University. Erin, the daughter of a CNA at GreenFields, will pursue a degree in nursing from the College of DuPage.
Elena Brewer of Palatine and Scott Breidigan of St. Charles received community scholarships given to students living within the Schaumburg and Geneva area.
Elena will be working towards a degree in creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Scott is pursuing a degree in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
All of the students will receive $1,000 awards.
Friendship Senior Options Foundation is an entity of Friendship Senior Options which operates Friendship Village and GreenFields senior living communities. The Friendship Senior Options Foundation fosters an environment of philanthropic giving in order to enrich the lives of seniors in the area. Supporting education is integral to the Foundation.
Formerly known as the Friendship Senior Options Foundation Scholarships, the awards were renamed in 2019 in memory of Paul J. Schaffhausen, a longtime board member, and friend of Friendship Senior Options. He was known and respected for his outstanding leadership and integrity and dedication to education and lifelong learning.
Each of the 76 applications for the 2020 scholarships was carefully evaluated by the Paul. J. Schaffhausen Scholarship Committee. This committee is comprised of residents of both Friendship Village and GreenFields. The applications were scored on categories including academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, recognition and honors, essay response, and candidates’ embodiment of FSO core values. The Foundation’s Board of Directors approves the funds each year.
The Paul J. Schaffhausen Memorial Scholarships are an annual part of the Foundation’s efforts to impact its communities positively.
In 2010 the 75 and older population was 19 million. By 2020 the number is projected to reach 66 million.
—Administration on aging