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August 12, 2019

Courtney Callaway Receives Inaugural Captain R. Dean and Mary E. Postlewaite Scholarship

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Courtney Callaway has been named the recipient of the 2019 Captain R. Dean and Mary E. Postlewaite Scholarship. This is the first year the Community Foundation has awarded the scholarship since it was established in late 2017.

Courtney is a senior at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. After graduation, she plans to become licensed behavior therapist and then purse a master’s degree in social work. Her goal is to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Courtney cites her volunteer experiences as motivation for her educational pursuits. “Each of my volunteer experiences has humbled me in knowing that I am able to provide assistance to those in serious need,” she explains. “For as long as I can remember, I knew that I wanted my career to be impactful in the lives of others.”

The Captain R. Dean and Mary E. Postlewaite Scholarship Endowment provides scholarships to graduating seniors residing in Crawford County, Illinois who have been accepted into the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) in Urbana, as well as students currently enrolled in the College who are from Crawford County.

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.

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