This year’s recipient of the Carol and Dick Janko Scholarship for Promising Entrepreneurs has been chosen! The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation is honored to announce that the Dick and Carol (Kettman) Janko Scholarship for Promising Entrepreneurs has been awarded to Alea Rashid of Streator, Illinois. Alea is a graduating Senior from Streator High School and will attend Butler University for the 2017-2018 academic year to study International Business.
The Janko Scholarship reflects Dick and Carol’s lifelong commitment to youth, education, economic development and entrepreneurship. As consistent and caring philanthropists, the $5000 scholarship is a most prestigious
award.  The fact that the inaugural award will benefit a graduate of Streator High School is especially meaningful because Carol (Kettman) Janko graduated from Streator High School in 1946.          
Alea Rashid, throughout her high-school career has demonstrated high academic achievement and leadership, received a host of honors and awards and participated in many activities that will serve her well as a young entrepreneur. Miss Rashid intends to create opportunities to empower women around the world to seek ways to enjoy the rights and freedoms of women in the United States.
“A number of very qualified candidates made application for the coveted Dick and Carol (Kettman) Janko Scholarship for Promising Entrepreneurs”, said Jay McCracken, the former Superintendent of Putnam County Schools, an IVCC Board Member and the Chairman of the SRCCF Board of Directors. We extend our sincere congratulations to Alea as the first winner of this most generous scholarship, made possible by Dick and Carol Janko.”

Congratulations Alea!


The SRCCF is pleased and honored to announce the creation of the Carol and Dick Janko Scholarship for Promising Entrepreneurs.  The scholarship, initially established with a $50,000 gift, will be awarded to high school and/or college graduates from LaSalle, Bureau, Livingston and Putnam Counties wishing to further their education to become local entrepreneurs. This scholarship truly represents Dick and Carol’s lifelong commitment to youth, education and economic development, and will offer significant financial opportunities to the recipients. For more information on the criteria that must be met and how to apply for the scholarship, visit the scholarship application page here.

As a gesture of love, honor and respect, Dick and Carol’s children will match every donation made to the scholarship up to $25,000.  What an amazing tribute to their parents, and to our community.

Your contribution to the Carol and Dick Janko Scholarship is most welcome!


Great Day with the Illinois Valley Economic Opportunities Class at L-P High School!

Students enrolled in the Illinois Valley Economic Opportunity Class at Lasalle-Peru High School present the Carol and Dick Janko Scholarship with a check for $500! This, of course, will be matched by the Janko children. Incredible work IVEO!




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