Effingham, IL – June 16, 2022, The Chamber Foundation of Effingham County celebrated the recipients of the 2022 Chamber Foundation Scholarships at the Annual Scholarship Recipient and Sponsor Luncheon on Friday, June 3 at the Keller Convention Center.

Eight recipients were awarded $1,000 scholarships of which four were local graduating high school seniors and four were adults who are starting or continuing their secondary education.

The Jack Graham Scholarship, which is named after the late Jack Graham, a local entrepreneur, is awarded to an individual who is currently in or going into healthcare, childcare, or a vocational trade. This scholarship was awarded to Sydney Hanfland. Hanfland graduated from Teutopolis High School this year and plans to attend Eastern Illinois University to pursue Communication Disorders & Sciences.

The seven Chamber Foundation Scholarships were awarded to:

Krista Phillips, a 2022 Effingham High School graduate planning to attend Illinois State University to study Marketing.

Maria Poston, a 2022 St. Anthony High School graduated planning to attend Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville to pursue Biochemistry.

Britney Walls, a 2022 Effingham High School graduate planning to attend Eastern Illinois University to study Business Management & Human Resources.

Emily Becker, from Altamont who attends Eastern Illinois University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Claire Beckman, from Dieterich who attends Eastern Illinois University where she studies Communication Disorders & Sciences.

Abby Bloemer, from Teutopolis who studies Exercise Science-Human Health & Performance at Illinois State University.

Alli Brumleve, a Teutopolis resident who recently finished at Lincoln Land Community College and plans to attend Illinois State University in the Fall studying Middle Level Education.

All 2022 sponsors of the Chamber Foundation Community Scholarship Program were recognized during the luncheon. These include Platinum Sponsors John Boos & Co, Koerner Distributor, and the New Car Dealers Association; Gold Sponsor Agracel, Inc.; Silver Sponsors Al’s Tire Mart & Electronics, Effingham Asphalt Company, J.B. Esker & Sons, Ken & Norma Lansing, Martin’s Save-a-Lot, and Washington Savings Bank; and Bronze Sponsors Lori Funneman and Frank & Ann Kabbes.

Since its inception in 1996, The Chamber Foundation of Effingham County has awarded 201 scholarships in the amount of $238,000.

To learn more about the Scholarship Program or become a sponsor, visit EffinghamCountyChamber.com/Chamber-Foundation or call the Effingham County Chamber at (217) 342-4147.

Photography courtesy of Nuxoll Photography

High School Senior Scholarship Recipients
(left to right): Britney Walls, Krista Phillips, Maria Poston, & Sydney Hanfland











Adult Scholarship Recipients
(left to right): Alli Brumleve, Abby Bloemer, Emily Becker, & Claire Beckman











Platinum Sponsors
(back row left to right): Mark Mayhood & Jake Traub of Northside Ford Lincoln; Matt Braunecker of Russ Braunecker Cadillac, Buick, GMC; Todd Probst of John Boos & Co.; Bob Hecht of Dan Hecht Chevrolet-Toyota

(front row left to right): Mark Schmidt of Roy Schmidt Honda; Mark Goeckner of Goeckner Bros. Inc.; & Dean Kremer of Koerner Distributor, Inc.


About the Effingham County Chamber

Founded in 1917, the Effingham County Chamber is the county’s leading advocate and champion for business. The Chamber works to create a climate of growth and success in our community by providing leadership opportunities as well as volunteer programs and business-building initiatives that focus on the critical priorities of Effingham County businesses. By leveraging the support, talent, and resources of our members, the Effingham County Chamber is leading efforts to achieve business success and community growth.