Warrenville student Kathleen Stanley receives scholarship from Fermilab Friends for Science Education

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Batavia, Illinois – Kathleen Stanley of Warrenville, a graduating senior at Rosary High School in Aurora who hopes to major in chemical engineering in college, has been named the recipient of the Fermilab Science Award and scholarship, sponsored by the Fermilab Friends for Science Education and the Franklin Fund. The award and scholarship were presented Wednesday night, May 23 in a ceremony at Rosary High School.

The award is given annually to a high school senior in DuPage or Kane County, with considerations for academic achievement, participation in activities such as science clubs, academic competition, talent searches, original work and internships. The $1,000 scholarship, awarded this year for the first time, is provided by FFSE in partnership with Paul DesCouteaux, Geneva, of the Franklin Fund.

Ms. Stanley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Stanley, participated in Rosary’s Math and Chemistry WYSE teams, representing the school in the Illinois State Finals in Champaign. She is president of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, and a member of both Mu Alpha Theta (National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society) and the Foreign Language Honor Society. She is also a two-sport athlete, received the Coach’s Award in both soccer and basketball.

“Kathleen is a highly gifted scholar athlete and a well-rounded, respected person,” said Sr. Patricia Burke, O.P., Principal of Rosary High School. “She is a kind and supportive leader with a wonderful sense of humor. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time for others in need. Her generous spirit will take her far in the years ahead.”

In presenting the award to Ms. Stanley, FFSE President Marge Bardeen said: “Kathleen is a very strong science student, and we are sure her future will be bright.”

The Fermilab Friends for Science Education is a non-profit organization supporting education outreach programs at Fermilab. Information on the organization and membership is available here.

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