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January 24, 2023

Applications available for the Elizabeth Ann Weidner Memorial Scholarship

(Effingham, Illinois – January 24, 2023) Applications are now being accepted for the Elizabeth Ann Weidner Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must be high school seniors pursuing secondary education preferably in the areas of health, agriculture, or the arts but not limited to those areas. Special consideration will be given to families affected by cancer. The recipient of this scholarship must exhibit high qualities of character to be worthy of the award.

The Elizabeth Ann Weidner Memorial Scholarship application is available online at Applications and references must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, for consideration.

Elizabeth first and foremost was a faithful servant of God, she valued her family and friends, and she worked tirelessly as a childhood cancer advocate at the local/state/national level despite her own battles with the disease from the age of 12 until her death at 17. Service to others was a core principle for Elizabeth in her daily life pursuits. Given the chance, she intended to become a pediatric oncology nurse.

To apply, visit to begin the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation Common Scholarship Application.  For more information, contact Kristen Bertrand, Program Officer, at 217.342.5413 or

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 2009 as a result of a merger between Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1980). Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managing permanent and non-permanent assets for the long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois.

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