Academic Scholarships

The Peder Hedberg Foundation is excited to establish 2 High School and 4 College Scholarships – Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Seton Hall University, and North Park University – in Peder’s memory. Peder graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School in 2004. He then attended Seton Hall University from 2004 – 2006 and transferred to North Park University in 2006, graduating in 2008.

Each Scholarship is $1,500.00 and has been awarded to 6 students who are passionate about teaching.

Homewood-Flossmoor High School 2015 Scholarship Recipients



Madeline Hallahan


Madeline is a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School. While at H-F, she enjoyed her Child Development Course where she was involved in conducting a preschool. She is attending Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa as a freshman Elementary Education major. She loves the idea of passing on her love of school and teaching others. Madeline and her parents surprised us and attended the PHF’s Cilantro Dinner Fundraising event in June 2015!

Shannon Cotter 


Shannon is a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School. While at H-F, she worked in the special education department and volunteered with the Special Olympics. She worked at one of the organizations that the PHF supports, SSSRA (South Suburban Special Recreation Association) in the summer of 2015. Shannon is attending Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois as a Special Education major.

 

Seton Hall University 2015 Scholarship Recipients



Sorriennys Brito 


Sorriennys is a senior Elementary/Special Education student. She is also on the Speech Language Pathology MA track. She comes highly recommended by the program faculty. Sorriennys has extensive local and international community service, including a Seton Hall-sponsored trip to an orphanage in El Salvador.

Lauren McGuire


Lauren is a junior Elementary/Special Education student. She is also on the Speech Language Pathology MA track. Lauren is also highly recommended by the program faculty. She has high involvement in Seton Hall Honor Societies/Clubs and community service including Seton Stories (reading books to children) and Relay for Life.

North Park University 2015 Scholarship Recipients



Molly White


Molly White is a senior at North Park University, from Libertyville, Illinois.
She writes: “I want to be a teacher and work with special needs students so that I can make the necessary modifications in the classroom to ensure they are given the chance to express themselves and succeed. I understand that all students develop at their own pace and it is important to recognize how individual students learn.”

Taylor Peterson


Taylor Peterson is a senior at North Park University seeking an Elementary Education degree and Special Education endorsement. She is from Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Taylor writes that these degrees are important “so that I have the ability to not only recognize when a student is struggling, but possess the tools to provide assistance when needed. I’ve always felt teaching was my calling.”