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Students from Elmhurst Doing Great Things at College

Students bring home scholarships, high marks and degrees.

Joseph Gaudio won second prize in Charter One's annual TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program. He received a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition for the fall semester at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The scholarship recognizes students whose volunteer efforts have made a lasting impact in their communities. The winners were chosen based on the responsibility and leadership skills they have demonstrated through community service. Gaudio collects and distributes soccer jerseys to underprivileged children in Mexico. The Chicago Fire Soccer team donated uniforms that Gaudio distributed to hundreds of children, many with special needs. He is working with the Elmhurst YMCA to collect shirts that will be donated to schools in and around Acapulco.

Claire Jolly was named to the dean's list for the spring term at Centre College, Danville, Ky. She is the daughter of Fred Jolly of Chicago and Elaine Fleming of Elmhurst and is a graduate of York High School.

Matthew MacDonald was inducted into National Honorary Business Society, Sigma Beta Delta, at Benedictine University, Lisle. MacDonald is a graduate of the master of business administration program. Invitees must be in the top 20 percent of their graduating class.

Matthew Mandarino, Jacob Wagner, Sharise Lund and Emily Davelis took the first step in becoming Boilermakers by participating in the annual STAR program at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus. Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) is Purdue's program for new undergraduate students.

John Cheng was awarded a scholarship at Denison University, Granville, Ohio. Cheng, a member of the class of 2016, received the Tyree/Parajon Scholarship, which recognizes academic achievement, leadership and personal merit.

Benedictine University, Lisle, announced the names of students who have earned degrees.The May 2012 graduates include: Theresa S. Andrews, bachelor's degree, nursing; Scott Wallace Baier, bachelor's degree, mathematics; Tamara S. Campbell, bachelor's degree, management; Sharon Emmi-Iovinelli, master's degree, education; Brian Joseph Esker, master's degree, education; Matthew Paul MacDonald, master's of business administration; Bashaar Syed Madani, bachelor's degree, business and economics (cum laude); Bashaar Syed Madani, bachelor's degree, finance (cum laude); and Thomas J. Nichols bachelor's degree, accounting (magna cum laude)

Paula Arcaro was admitted to Alfred State University, Alfred, N.Y., for the fall 2012 semester in the continuing education program.

Kimberly Smaga, a graduate of York High School, earned a Presidential Scholarship to North Central College in Naperville. She is majoring in elementary education.

Dominican University, River Forest, and MB Financial Bank named Asad Azam to the inaugural class of MB Fellows. The program is designed to provide intensive career preparation for Dominican University students. The program constitutes a multi-year commitment by Dominican and MB Financial Bank to allow for students’ sustained development and growth. Students apply as freshmen to begin the program in their sophomore year. MB Fellows receive a $5,000 scholarship each year for three years, mentoring from MB executives for three years and opportunities for part-time employment at an MB branch during school. After graduating, the Fellows will receive opportunities to apply to MB for employment and entrance into MB’s own leadership development programs.

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