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Lisle, IL 60532

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Computer Science & Information Systems
Scholarships

 

The fastest algorithm can frequently be replaced by one that is almost as fast and much easier to understand.

- D. Jones

Application instructions and annual award amounts for each of these scholarships are available on the Endowed Scholarships for Current Students page.


The Father Richard Shonka O.S.B. Memorial Scholarship

Fr. Richard was born in Linwood, Nebraska in 1904. He professed monastic vows in 1925, and was ordained in 1929. In 1931 he earned a masters degree in mathematics at the University of Chicago. When the Abbey undertook its Chinese mission in 1936, Fr. Richard volunteered for assignment at the Priory in Kaifeng, China. He became severely ill while in China, and in 1938 returned to Nebraska to convalesce. He later returned to Lisle and resumed his teaching of mathematics.

Instrumental in establishing the University's first computer center in 1970, Fr. Richard published a handbook for his classes entitled "Introduction to Programming with BASIC". His energy, good humor and genuine concern for those he taught were recognized by the conferral of Illinois Benedictine College's Distinguished Educator Award in 1972. His teaching career ended in 1987, and he passed away in 1990 at the age of 87.

This scholarship is awarded to a Computer Science or Computer Information Systems major with a minimum 3.25 gpa.


The Dana Corporation/Charles J. McNamara Memorial Scholarship

Charles J. McNamara served as President of the Dana Corporation Engine Components Group, and, prior to that, as Vice President and General Manager of the Victor Reinz Division of Dana Corporation. He was a graduate of the Benedictine University Institute for Management Program.

In his 35-year career with Dana Corporation, Chuck held a number of management positions, both within the Victor Reinz Division and in other Dana divisions. He advanced to Dana's Strategic Business Council due to his business acumen and his ability to use the "Dana Style" of participative management in his dealing with people.

Chuck was a fervent supporter of Benedictine University and its academic mission.

This scholarship is awarded to a Computer Science or Computer Information Systems major who has demonstrated above average academic achievement, character and leadership.


The Louis R. Chase Memorial Scholarship

L.R. (Dick) Chase became the Director of Placement at Illinois Benedictine College in 1973. Dick had recently retired after 30 years with Johnson & Johnson, where he had been Sales Order Service Manager. In 1947 Dick designed an IBM electronic data processing system for Johnson and Johnson. He later assisted the company in other computer systems, plant planning and cost analysis projects.

In 1975 Dick was named Vice-president for Finance at Illinois Benedictine College.

This scholarship is awarded to a Computer Science or Computer Information Systems major with a minimum 3.0 gpa who has been active in extracurricular activities.


The Raize Software Inc. Scholarship

The Raize Software Inc. Scholarship in Computer Science was established by donations from Mr. Ray Konopka, a computer science graduate from the class of 1989. It is named after his company, Raize Software, a local business, which has customers worldwide. Mr. Konopka attributes much of his success to what he learned here and wants to help students whose circumstances are similar to those he faced when he was a student.

The Raize Scholarship focuses on supporting students with demonstrated knowledge and capabilities in computer science, who also intend to start a career in this field. In the past, Mr. Konopka has been impressed with scholarship awardees and has at times offered them employment opportunities.

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time Computer Science major who will be a senior in the next academic year, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Application instructions and annual award amounts for each of these scholarships are available on the Endowed Scholarships for Current Students page.