Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Joseph Bacidore of LeMoille awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Joseph Bacidore, a resident of LeMoille and mathematics major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Kellner Family Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Bacidore said he had dreamed of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics since he was in high school. But, the location of his hometown was far away from any university campus.

“The UIS online program is allowing me to obtain the education I desired without the need for excessive driving or boarding costs,” said Bacidore, who hopes to someday teach trigonometry or calculus at a junior college.

“I hope to use my knowledge in mathematics to impart those lessons to other students in hopes that they will develop a passion for the subject,” he said.

The Kellner Family Scholarship was established by Bill and Julie Kellner to recognize the Kellner Foodservice and food-distribution company, which was started in 1916, by Bill’s grandfather, Maurice Kellner. Besides monetary support for scholarships, the Kellner family also provides generous volunteer support to the university on advisory boards and committees.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or

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