MT. VERNON — A Waltonville High School senior who will graduate as class salutatorian this evening has received her 13th academic scholarship.
Julia Herzing, 18, daughter of Robert and Lois Herzing of Scheller, has been named the recipient of an Illinois Sheriff’s Association scholarship.
Sheriff Roger Mulch, president of the Association, made the presentation. In addition to the certificate, he presented Herzing with a coffee mug and an honor patch.
“We normally have 12 to 13 applications for this scholarship, which is highly competitive,” Mulch said. “This year, Julia’s application and essay by far outweighed the other applicants.”
He continued, “She has a 3.9 GPA, she is active in the community and in school activities. She is already giving back to her community.”
Mulch said the topic of this year’s essay was on school violence and Herzing’s essay was “on target.” He said school violence starts with the family and many kids do not have a solid family foundation.
Herzing is planning to use her $500 ISA scholarship to attend Rend Lake College in the fall. She then plans to transfer to a four-year college — possibly Eastern Illinois University — to study secondary education. Herzing plans to follow in her father’s footsteps as a school counselor.
“She wants to stay local because of the family’s finances, and to ease the financial burden for her parents,” Mulch said. Herzing’s sister, Hannah, who won the Sheriff’s Association scholarship in Jefferson County two years ago, attends the University of Kentucky. She is majoring in biology.
Mulch said the Association is providing more than $80,000 in scholarships throughout the state this spring.
“It’s one of our main focuses. We believe we are building leaders in the community for when we’re not here,” Mulch said.