On January 14, the Cathedral Area Preservation Association (CAPA) donated $3,000 to the University of St. Francis Jonathan E. Ellis Scholarship Fund. According to www.stfrancis.edu, “the gift from CAPA has allowed the scholarship to become fully endowed and will now allow its funding to move forward in perpetuity.”
“The University of St. Francis is blessed to have community partners such as CAPA,” said Dave DiLorenzo, USF Director of Community and Government Relations. “Not only does this gift allow Jonathan’s legacy to live on at USF for years and years to come, but it will also continue to make a difference for our international students and our student athletes, two groups that were very important to him.”
Jonathan Ellis was a security officer at the university who exemplified the spirit of USF and, according to The University of St. Francis website, was known for being a “faithful, hardworking and dependable employee.”
According to www.stfrancis.edu, the Jonathan E. Ellis Scholarship is awarded yearly and divided between an international student and an athlete (2.8+ GPA) who exemplifies the spirit of St. Francis. The student must have attended the University of Saint Francis for a minimum of one year and must exhibit the qualities that include good moral character, integrity, and good sportsmanship.
Chandler Kowaliczko, a resident of the Joliet Cathedral area and senior at the University of St. Francis says, “It’s great to hear that two students could receive a scholarship to help fund their education! It makes me proud that I live in an area that is able to support students I go to school with.”
The money donated from CAPA was from the proceeds of their Olde Housewalk event in September this past year. The Olde Housewalk event allows people in to explore the interior of 5 historical homes as well as the LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall at the University of St. Francis. At each stop people on the tour learn about the all of the history and design each location has to offer.
For more information about the Cathedral Area Preservation Association, please visit www.capajoliet.net.