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Two Lansing students receive Rev. George T. Ruffalo, CMF Scholarships

Gabriella Herrera and Christina Javorka each awarded $2,200

by Melanie Jongsma

MCCOOK, Ill. (August 11, 2019) – Lansing’s Gabriella Herrera and Christina Javorka—2018 and 2019 graduates of Marian Catholic High School—were among nine students awarded Rev. George T. Ruffalo CMF Scholarships at a ceremony at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook, Illinois, on August 3. A third recipient, Matteson’s Jacob Nieto, was also a 2019 graduate of Marian. All three students received $2,200 to continue their studies.

From left: Marian Catholic President Vince Krydynski ’81; Christina Javorka ’19 of Lansing, Illinois; Gabriella Herrera ’18 of Lansing, Illinois; Jacob Nieto ’19 of Matteson, Illinois. (Photo provided)

Herrera is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University preparing for a career in nursing.

Javorka will be a freshman at The Ohio State University where she plans to major in marketing.

The George T. Ruffalo Memorial Scholarship Foundation was established in 2012 to honor Father George’s legacy and his more than 50 years of missionary work with the Hispanic Community. The scholarships are presented to high school seniors, or students matriculating full-time at a post-secondary academic institution, who are of good moral character and who are inspired to make a difference in the Hispanic Community.

A total of $22,200.00 was awarded during the evening to the nine students selected for the scholarships.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.