BATAVIA, IL — Four Batavia High School seniors have received Inspire Scholarships from the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.
The scholarships, each for $750, were awarded to Corey Berg, Sofia Johnson, Bradley Beilfuss and Aisling McGrath, all part of Batavia High School’s class of 2022. The four students received checks at the BHS Senior Appreciation Night on Wednesday.
The four different scholarships – Inspiring Entrepreneurship, Inspiring Women in Business, Inspiring Career & Technical Achievers and Inspiring Contributors to a Batavia Chamber Business – were created by Batavia Chamber membership, officials said.
According to Margaret Perreault, President and CEO of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, the scholarship committee was impressed with the number and quality of applications received this year.
“We are pleased to support our community with this program,” Perreault said in a statement. “Because we are looking for inspiring future leaders, the scholarship application explored that sentiment. The responses we received were inspiring, making it difficult to choose just one winner in each category.”
Here is an overview of the four winners and the scholarship category in which they won:
Corey Berg, awarded in the Inspiring Entrepreneurship category
- The scholarship is awarded to a student who wants to start a business to encourage people to one day live in Batavia.
- Berg will attend Illinois State University as a computer major.
- According to House officials, “After taking the Incubator class at Batavia High School, Corey started an online custom clothing brand, Limbo Line, which he hopes to continue through college, officials said. It’s his dream to use his entrepreneurial skills along with the knowledge gained from his major to create a technology-related business, possibly in software development.”
Sofia Johnson, awarded in the Inspiring Women in Business category
- The scholarship is awarded to a high school student interested in majoring in business to encourage more women to pursue these fields.
- Johnson will attend Samford University in pre-enterprise with a concentration in social entrepreneurship.
- According to House officials, “It’s her dream to have an ice cream truck that travels around the world bringing joy that ‘overflows from the ice cream I serve.'” Sofia quoted the owner of Batavia Popcorn Depot, Talitha Mueller, as her inspirational business mentor, because she not only sells delicious popcorn, but she has also created a place where everyone feels welcome and accepted.”
Bradley Beilfuss, awarded in the Inspiring Career & Technical Achievers category
- The scholarship is awarded to a high school student interested in a trade or career in manufacturing.
- Beilfuss will attend Waubonee Community College to begin her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in computer-aided design.
- According to Chamber officials, “He is interested in automation engineering or design engineering because he would like to eventually invent new products for a company. He says his current internship at Waubonee Community College will help him gave a good idea of what it is like to work in different areas of engineering in a manufacturing plant.”
Aisling McGrath, awarded in the Inspiring Contributors to a Batavia Chamber Business category
- The scholarship is awarded to a high school student for working for a Batavia chamber company during high school.
- McGrath plans to attend Bucknell University for accounting with the goal of becoming a CPA.
- According to House officials, “Aisling worked at Green Tree Bookkeeping, owned by Gina Malvestuto, which she credits with confirming her interest in bookkeeping. She says that experience gave her the confidence to achieve her goals and thanks Green Tree Bookkeeping for the opportunity to work for a company run by strong women.”