Race Beneficiaries

Jan Borja Memorial Scholarship


Northfield, Illinois - New Trier High School has established a new scholarship to honor the spirit and teachings of beloved former Northfield Principal Jan Borja. Donations for the Jan Borja Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted at http://newtrier.revtrak.net under " Scholarship Trust ."

Borja passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. She retired in 2011 after spending more than 40 years at New Trier as a teacher and leader, including the last decade of her career as the principal of the all-freshman Northfield Campus, which she helped open in 2001.

Known by colleagues as the "heart and soul of New Trier," Borja was key to integrating service learning into the Northfield curriculum and to addressing the social-emotional growth of students through efforts such as the anti-bullying campaign Names Can Really Hurt Us.

A committee led by current Northfield Principal Paul Waechtler will establish the criteria for students to apply for the scholarship. Waechtler said the committee will seek to honor the qualities of inquiry, service, and compassion, the three prongs of the New Trier motto. The committee will select honorees who best represent how Borja lived her life.

"Jan was a role model for our students, as well as for our staff and for the community as a whole," Waechtler said. "We are establishing this scholarship so that future generations of students can understand the lessons of compassion and understanding that Jan modeled every day she was at New Trier."

Credit card donations can be made through http://newtrier.revtrak.net under "Scholarship Trust." Anyone wishing to send a check should make it out to "New Trier Scholarship Trust Fund" and indicate that the donation is for the Jan Borja Memorial Scholarship. Checks can be sent c/o Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher T. Johnson, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Road, Northfield, IL 60093.

Sam Farmer

Sam Farmer made an art out of living, and his absence is felt everyday. Sam's flashing eyes and signature smile revealed his zest for life. His lilting Anglo/American accent invited conversation, whether sharing humo or grappling with the drama of daily existence. His clever ways of outwitting obstacles drew others into adventures which yielded excitement and legendary memories. His maturing thoughtfulness provided support for family and friends alike. These special 'Sam memories' will always live in those who knew and loved him. Sam Farmer practiced the art of living well. We honor him by doing the same

His donation is going to Northshore University Foundation.

Julie Sorkin

Julie Sorkin's donation is going to Miseriecordia.

Shea Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship for Wrestlers

Shea Landon Fitzgerald was born at North Western's Prentice Women's Hospital on July 14, 1983 just minutes before his fraternal twin brother Brendan. The youngest of 7 kids, Shea and Brendan did most of their growing up in Glencoe and Winnetka where they made fantastic friends and excelled in art and athletics (soccer, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, wrestling, football) among other things. At New Trier, Shea received much recognition for wrestling and was team captain during his senior year. Also in his Junior and senior year Shea played football and ultimately won a full scholarship to play for Northern Illinois University where he won the job of backup left tackle his freshman year. Shea's enthusiasm for life and his compassion for others live on as an example and model for us all. In the year following Shea's death Joe Novak, NIU head coach, said to his team that he wanted them "not to play for Shea but to play LIKE Shea." As with everything, he did it with heart and for the joy of all around him.

David Raynes, 2015 Shea Fitzgerald wresting scholarship recipient

David Raynes

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Shayan Hossein, 2014 Shea Fitzgerald wresting scholarship recipient