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Recipients of 2020 NEMC Scholarships

Four graduating Evanston Township High School seniors have been awarded scholarships from the North End Mothers’ Club.

The group’s highest honor, the North End Mothers’ Club Award, is presented to Echo Allen. Echo is a high-achieving student whose ability to pull people together has allowed her to become a positive force in the community. She assisted in organizing more than 3,000 students in the March For Our Lives demonstration in March 2018 and helped establish local chapters of March For Our Lives and Students Demand Action. She has also been critically involved in the Sustainability Committee and was instrumental in organizing her peers to create more than 1,500 handwritten “love notes” to go into food bags being handed out to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. At ETHS, she held leadership roles in lacrosse, varsity golf, Speech and Debate, Student Senate, National Honor Society, and Community Service Club, and served as the student representative to the Board of Education this school year. Echo will study architecture at the University of California-Berkeley.

This four-year scholarship is presented annually to the senior who identifies as female or gender nonconforming, and who ranks first among their classmates in all-around qualities, including intellectual ability, steadfastness of character, capacity for leadership, and distinguished service to school and community.

The NEMC’s STEM Scholarships, awarded to graduating female students who are planning to pursue a post-secondary degree leading to a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math career at a two- or four-year STEM program, have gone to Bushra Jannat and Elise Johnson.

Bushra joined ETHS junior year from Bangladesh and learned to speak English at the same time as she learned Python, the computer programming language. Bushra was a Student Ambassador, Hub Greeter, member of Team ASAP, member of the South Asian Middle Eastern Alliance Club, and part of the Muslim Club. She will major in computer software engineering at Oakton Community College.

Elise spent her academic career at ETHS pursuing and sharing her love for math. Her involvement in the WiSTEM Club included planning activities for middle school girls to showcase the versatile and exciting aspects of STEM. Elise will pursue her education at Pomona College to study math and African studies.

Each recipient will receive $1,500 toward her studies.

The $1,000 Joanne Murphy Trautwein Music Scholarship is awarded to Milo Johnson. A talented and dedicated musician and devoted student, Milo plays in numerous ensembles, often assisting or leading the group. His focus is the trumpet, but he also plays other instruments, such as percussion, whenever needed (or whenever possible). Milo will pursue a degree in music education at Illinois State University.

Founded in 1911, the North End Mothers’ Club offers women all across Evanston the opportunity to socialize and support philanthropic efforts and organizations providing services to the youth of Evanston.  



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