Joseph Dryoel of Colona has been named as the 2019 recipient of the Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship.
Dryoel, a June graduate of United Township High School (East Moline) and co-valedictorian of his class, will receive $5,000 toward tuition at Loyola University (Chicago), where he plans to study pre-health in the fall.
“As a pre-health student, I am looking at eight or more years of schooling. With books, tuition and housing, that’s a lot of loans! I’m grateful for this scholarship because it will help with all of that, yes. But in another way, I look at it as empowering me to eventually help someone else. And that’s really amazing,” Dryoel said.
The Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship is funded by American Power Systems, Inc. APS was founded in 2006 by the late Thomas Keenan Evans, for whom the scholarship is named.
“Joey stands out, not only for his academic achievements but also because of the unique way he became interested in medicine — through the arts. We’re so pleased to present him with an award that will help him serve others through STEM,” said Amy Lank, president of APS.
Dryoel is the son of Diane Boruff. He was recognized at an informal scholarship reception July 25 at APS company headquarters in Davenport.
Read Joseph Dryoel’s scholarship essay.
Read the official press release.
Read about the 2018 scholarship recipient.