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Junior League Announces College Scholarship Recipients

To further its mission of voluntarism and developing the potential of women, the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) announced the recipients of their 2012 College Scholarships. Seniors Marie Fefferman of Wheaton North High School and Rachael Rayas of Plainfield Central High School were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of their outstanding commitment to voluntarism.

“We are proud that our scholarship program gives us the wonderful opportunity each year to recognize outstanding young women who share our dedication to volunteering and betterment of the community. This year’s winners easily stood out from the more than 200 applicants because of their notable passion for voluntarism,” said 2011-2012 JLKD President Christina Brady.

Marie Fefferman of Wheaton, IL, Wheaton North High School:
Marie won entrance to a special class for high school students at Northwestern University which inspired her to form a religious tolerance club at Wheaton North. Marie also served as an intern at the Council for American Islamic Relations in Chicago last summer and worked with numerous local libraries to augment their holdings to fairly represent various religions. Additionally, Marie attended six mission trips through her church, has accumulated eight years worth of volunteer hours at Naper Settlement; three years of service to Central DuPage Hospital, as well as an amazingly extensive list of other volunteer accomplishments in her school community. Marie plans to attend the University of Chicago, where she hopes to participate in Political Activism through a PhD/MD Program in Medicine or a PhD in Political Studies or Religious Studies.

Rachael Rayas of Plainfield, IL, Plainfield Central High School:
Rachael was selected for her dedication to child development in the local community. Rachael is the creator and founder of SEED TO TABLE, an initiative to teach the children in the Plainfield area how to grow and maintain a garden. Food grown in the garden was donated to the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry. The program was started in 2010 and continues today, and it is Rachael's intention to maintain the project while she attends North Central College. Rachael has also participated for nine years in the 4-H program, is a member of the National Honor Society, where she completed 10 times the required service hours, and is very active in her church. Rachael hopes to become an Actuary and work in the insurance industry.

JLKD is an organization of women from throughout DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties dedicated to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

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