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Five students receive Indiana Society of Chicago scholarships

December 16, 2011

The Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation recently awarded scholarships to five Chicagoland students attending Indiana State University.

The scholarship recipients were recognized Dec. 3 during the society's 106th annual dinner, attended by more than 600 people at the Fairmont Hotel at Chicago's Millennium Park.

The society, founded more than 100 years ago by notable Hoosiers George Ade and John McCutcheon and others attracted to the Midwest's premiere city at the peak of the industrial revolution, pays homage to its roots each year by recognizing outstanding Indiana institutions and leaders in a high-spirited holiday season celebration.

The society recognizes outstanding Indiana institutions and this year's dinner honored Indiana State and saluted the city of Terre Haute.

Responding to a critical need for financial assistance to deserving students, the society formed a foundation in 1997 to provide scholarships to greater Chicago area men and women attending colleges and universities in Indiana. The generous contributions from members have allowed the society to award multiple scholarships each year.

This year's Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation scholarships are:

Jason Brondos of Brookfield, son of Joel and Marilyn Brondos and a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, is a mechanical engineering technology major. Brondos is active in the Indiana State chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Team Sycamore Racing. He also plays soccer in intramurals and for the Indiana State club team.



Robert Colluci of Schaumburg, son of Tony and Paula Colluci and a graduate of James B. Conant High School, is a business management major. Colucci is active in Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and has completed more than 50 hours of community service during the past two years. He has worked as a fitness specialist in the university's Student Recreation Center.


Kim Johnson of Chicago, daughter of Donna and Douglas Johnson and a graduate of Harlan Community Academy, is an interior architecture and design major. Johnson is active in IDEA (Interior Designers Embrace Amplification) and is student representative for the International Interior Design Association. She is a member of the Student Government Association, the African American Leadership Conference Committee and Zeta Phi Beta sorority. She has been active in the Take Back the Night march against domestic violence as well as walks on behalf of autism awareness, American Cancer Society and breast cancer awareness and research. She has participated in Habitat for Humanity and has volunteered at Terre Haute's Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall.


Sarah Pemberton of Wilmette, daughter of Donna and Scott Pemberton and a graduate of New Trier Township High School, is pursuing a double major in elementary education and French. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and the French club at Indiana State. She has participated in the Annual Walk for Multiple Sclerosis and Walk for Autism and last year raised $500, the most of any participant, in a campus dance marathon for Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. Through her women's studies class, she has participated in the annual Take Back the Night march and rally against domestic violence.


Laura Stechmiller of Orland Park, daughter of Suzanne and Jerry Stechmiller and a graduate of Carl Sandburg High School, is an elementary and special education major. She is an active member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and has been involved with the sorority's philanthropies, Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center, which supports children with developmental needs. She has participated in Indiana State's Tandem bicycle race and Sycamore Sync, a choreographed dance and lip-sync competition at Homecoming. Each year at ISU, she has completed more than 100 hours of community service.

Photo: - Jason Bondos

Photo: - Robert Colluci

Photo: - Kim Johnson

Photo: - Sarah Pemberton

Photo: - Laura Stechmiller

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or