Brooke Sobkoviak, of Sheldon, Illinois, is one of 12 recipients of the Tom Tracy Memorial Farm Credit Illinois Family Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois (CFECI).

Each scholar receives $3,000 towards their college education, according to information provided. The selection criteria include scholastic achievement, leadership and community contributions, and career vision and goals.

The financial cooperative's family scholarship was renamed in 2020 to permanently memorialize the late Tom Tracy. Tracy established a family scholarship program early in his career as FCI president and CEO - demonstrating his values of lifelong learning and employee support. His legacy of passionate advocacy for those seeking to better themselves through education endures through a scholarship endowment at the CFECI. Tracy served as FCI's president and CEO from 2015-2019 until his passing in Sept. 2019.

Applicants for the family scholarship are 26 years of age or younger, the children or grandchildren of Farm Credit Illinois employees, and will be enrolled as full-time college students in the fall of 2021.

Sobkoviak is pursuing a degree in psychology at Illinois College. She graduated from Milford High School and is the daughter of Jeff (FCI assistant vice president of crop insurance) and Michelle Sobkoviak of Sheldon.

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