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June 21, 2024

Allison Meese receives the 2024 Captain R. Dean and Mary E. Postlewaite Scholarship

ROBINSON, Illinois – June 13, 2024) Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Allison Meese has been named the recipient of the 2024 Captain R. Dean and Mary E. Postlewaite Scholarship. This is the fourth year the Community Foundation has awarded the scholarship since it was established in late 2017.

Allison is a 2024 graduate of Robinson High School. She plans to study agriculture at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois.

The Captain R. Dean and Mary E. Postlewaite Scholarship Endowment provides scholarships to graduating seniors and alumni of the high schools in Crawford County, Illinois who are pursuing a degree in agriculture or have been accepted into the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) in Urbana.

Captain Robert Dean Postlewaite was originally from Palestine. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an agricultural degree before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps and then Pan American Airways as a pilot during WWII. Betty, who grew up in New York City, worked as a secretary for Pan American, and then became one of the airline’s first stewardesses when Pan Am launched transatlantic passenger service in the 1940s.

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation manages more than 200 funds for the immediate and long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois. For more information, contact Alex Pleasant, President/CEO of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, at 217.342.4988 or

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