ENDOWMENT FUNDS & SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

James T. Albrecht III Memorial Scholarship
Recipients should emulate “Jamie’s Spirit” as a senior who has enriched the lives of others through his/her kindness and helpfulness and who has a particular interest in the areas of math or science. James was a member of the class of 2004.
Richard Brassington Memorial Trust Endowment
Hannah Paulsen Photography Legacy Scholarship Fund
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Theresa Funke Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to major in art as their primary course of study at college. The recipient should also exemplify the life skills that high school Art Teacher Theresa Funke instilled in her students.
David Carleton Hagen Endowment Scholarship
This scholarship is for a senior who has been accepted to a trade or vocational school, college or university with the intention of majoring in business or the trades. Mr. Hagen graduated from NCHS and was an entrepreneur who, along with his wife, started his own business developing and managing real estate properties.
Judith Griffiths Mattison Memorial Endowment Scholarship
This scholarship is also known as the “Outstanding Senior Student Award” and is presented to a senior student who exhibits the highest level of leadership, service and academic achievement.
Matt McCallum Memorial Endowment
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior member of the NCHS Varsity Baseball Team that has been accepted at either a two or four-year college/university. Winners must exemplify Matt’s spirit as a team player, supportive friend, accomplished athlete and successful student.
Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund
Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund The Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy, under the auspices of the Naperville Education Foundation, supports grants to individual educators, or entire schools, in an effort to promote a deeper understanding and teaching of literacy, to enrich instructional programs, to provide opportunities to link literacy between the home and the school, and to lay foundations that will develop life-long readers. The Fund was established in 1996 by friends and family of the Nicaricos, faculty members at River Woods Elementary School and other staff members of Naperville Community Unit School District 203.
John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding performing arts graduating senior from either Central’s band, choir or orchestra programs. John Pearce served as NCHS’s Choral Instructor, Music Director and Music Department Chairman from 1965‑1985.
Alexandra Grace Piepho Memorial Endowment Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship has been accepted to a community college or four-year college/university. The student will also possess a passion for learning, curiosity for life and a definitive willingness to learn. Additionally, the winner is one who always shows respect to their teachers as well as other students and displays an uncommon and irresistible energy.
Nancy Bilardello-May 5-Star Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of Naperville North High School who has been accepted to a college or university, community college, or trade school.
The recipient of this scholarship should emulate the color that Nancy brought into this world and embrace the following five ideals.
1. Be fearless when approaching every day
2. Have strong opinions and act upon them
3. Reject stereotypes and social labeling
4. Try to make the world a little brighter each day
5. Teach others with compassion and energy
Jane Latshaw Scherer Education Scholarship
This four-year scholarship is awarded to a member of NCHS’s graduating class who enrolls in a degree-granting program leading to becoming a certified teacher.
William H. Scherer Athlete of the Year Scholarship
This four-year scholarship named in honor of William H. Scherer, Naperville High School class of 1936, is awarded to a graduating senior who performs at the highest level athletically.
Dan Shanower Memorial Endowment Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship has been accepted to a four-year Liberal Arts college/university and should emulate Dan’s spirit as a patriotic senior who has enriched the lives of others by his or her enthusiasm, curiosity about life and sharp sense of humor. This scholarship honors Commander Shanower, 40, a Navy intelligence officer, who had just begun gathering information on the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks to brief his superiors. He lost his life in the Pentagon when the third hijacked plane struck. Dan grew up in Naperville and graduated from NCHS in 1979.
Matt Skowronski Skronkstrong Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to one member of NCHS’s men’s or women’s volleyball or basketball teams who has been accepted to a four-year college/ university or a community college. Matt was an athlete, full of life and a great friend to many and the winner should emulate these characteristics
Donald Smith Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior accepted to any post-high school vocational or professional training program. Donald Smith was a 4th grade teacher at Kingsley Elementary School who retired after 30 years of service to Naperville 203. The winner should exemplify the life skill attributes that Donald instilled while teaching elementary students: problem solving, cooperative skills, passion for their chosen vocation/profession, sense of humor and determination.

Team Stuckey Future Educator Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who have been accepted to a four-year college/ university and are planning to pursue a degree in education. Susan Stuckey was a much loved and respected principal at Highlands Elementary School. Recipients should have Susan’s spirit to overcome obstacles with a positive attitude and demonstrate the qualities of leadership and care for the well-being of others.

Sue Thomas Memorial Endowment Scholarship
Sue would have graduated from NNHS with the class of 1980 had it not been for her untimely passing. Her parents together with many friends established that the recipient of this award should exhibit strong qualities of leadership, service and academic achievement. The winner should also exemplify Sue’s faith, recognition of the importance of friends, respect for and showing respect for teachers, neighbors, parents and adults along with a love and respect for the NNHS community.
Tom Ulbrich “Welcome Home” Scholarship
This scholarship has just been created in honor of Tom Ulbrich who is retiring this year after 39 seasons of theatre excellence at NCHS. The award will be made to one student based on a combination of student achievement, dedication to the organization, GPA of at least 2.75 and a completed essay.
Gregory Vasich Memorial Endowment Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating member of the NCHS Band program who has been accepted to a two or four-year college/university. The recipient must exemplify Greg Vasich who was an optimist, team player, supportive friend and a successful student. More than anything else, this scholarship honors Greg’s good “personhood”.
Matthew Richard Voss Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating member of the NCHS Band program who has been accepted to a two or four-year college/university. The recipient must exemplify Greg Vasich who was an optimist, team player, supportive friend and a successful student. More than anything else, this scholarship honors Greg’s good “personhood”.
Calista Wehrli Memorial Education Scholarship Endowment
Scholarship Endowment This scholarship was created to assist a senior planning to pursue a degree in Education. Calista was a member of the Naperville Community High School class of 1943 and years later was named a Distinguished Alumna. She was in the Women’s Marine Corp Reserves during World War 2 and organized sporting events for the troops. Calista was also the first woman lifeguard at Centennial Beach and was a member of the professional baseball league depicted in the movie “A League of Their Own”.

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