Mundelein High School senior, Andrew Owens, has been granted a full-ride, four-year ROTC scholarship to continue his education. In addition, he has been awarded a $20,000 Bright Futures scholarship from the Kimberly-Clark Foundation. Owens has decided to attend the University of Georgia in the fall where he will major in Finance.
“We are very proud of Andrew; he is lightning focused on his education and future,” said Janice Owens, Andrew’s mother. “We’re very proud of both our children [their daughter graduated from MHS in 2016]. She is thriving at the University of Iowa.”
ROTC cadets committed to serving in the military after college are eligible for scholarships covering the costs of tuition, fees, and textbooks for four years, plus a monthly stipend for personal expenses. Students are also free to apply for regular financial aid and non-ROTC scholarships.
The Bright Futures scholarship program was established to recognize sons and daughters of Kimberly-Clark employees and to reward those students who demonstrate academic excellence and the promise for building a bright future. Owens was among 60 students throughout the United States and Canada chosen to receive this award.
The soon-to-be MHS grad has been involved in a number of activities throughout his four year high school career. Those include National Honor Society President, Link Crew, Future Business Leaders of America [FBLA], Mustang football for four years, team winner of the 2017 Business Incubator Pitch Night with the product Prop Stop, and others. He also was chosen to represent MHS at Illinois Boys State where he was elected mayor and he was the emcee for the mayoral and village board pre-election presentations. Owens also took economics classes at Georgetown University during the summer to broaden his educational experience.
“I’m looking forward to my time at Georgia and also as a member of the military,” Owens explained. “It’s important to me to belong to a ‘team’ that is bigger than myself. I know that I will be able to be anywhere in the world and still have members of that ‘team’ for support. I look forward to growing physically, academically and morally through this experience.”
“MHS has provided both [our children] with a great education and experience needed to succeed in college and beyond. While we are proud parents, your [MHS] team should also be proud! Thank you for all the support the last six years,” Janice Owens said.