The Foundation has awarded the 2019 Valentine Memorial Scholarship to Andrew Long, a Towne Park Guest Service Captain at St. Francis Medical Center in West Peoria, Illinois. His career at Towne Park, his current studies at Illinois Central College and his work as a volunteer for multiple organizations reflects the values of the Valentine Memorial Scholarship.
Andrew, who recently earned a 4.0 grade point average at Illinois Central College (ICC), will receive a $10,000 scholarship per year to be applied to his continued education at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW-Madison, Andrew plans to complete his studies by majoring in Community and Environmental Sociology, a discipline that focuses on the relationship between people and their natural environment and with the communities in which people live, work and play.
“Andrew is a wonderful young man and was selected from nearly 100 applicants for his outstanding academic achievements, career goals, personal commitment to community service and caring for others,” said Melissa Greenwell, Foundation Board President and Towne Park Chief Human Resources Officer. “We also admired his dedication as a Guest Service Captain with Towne Park at St. Francis Medical Center.”
Andrew has worked at the West Peoria, Illinois hospital since 2017 and says the experience has given him the opportunity to work with guests and Towne Park associates from all different backgrounds.
“At St. Francis Medical Center, we understand what we’re doing goes well beyond parking and retrieving cars,” said Andrew. “We are thinking about the people – we can’t control why they’re at the hospital, but we can control the experience we provide when they arrive. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work at Towne Park helping me to advance my education.”
Working nearly 30 hours per week, Andrew manages his work life and his school life with a full plate of classes at ICC. His studies include classroom, laboratory and field work. Much of whatever free time Andrew has is dedicated to several school and community organizations, including the ICC on campus food pantry, the Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois, where he helped to open a thrift store as a means for generating revenue, the Student Association for the Environment at ICC, where he worked on weekends to perform restoration work and work with the local chapter of The Salvation Army. In addition, Andrew has served as an assistant basketball coach at Delavan High School in Delavan, Illinois.
Andrew has a passion for his community and forming a connection between people of all walks of life and the environment. His goal is to graduate and dedicate his career to bringing people from different backgrounds together to take action when it comes to the environment. Andrew says after graduation he would like to work in the environmental non-profit sector and, eventually, he plans to apply his experience and skills towards teaching. At Towne Park, Andrew regularly coaches and guides his team members and understands what it is to provide an outstanding experience for Towne Park associates and clients.
The Valentine Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an active Towne Park associate or immediate family member to support his or her educational and career goals.
The Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization supporting the communities where we live and work. The Foundation invests in children and education, the Towne Park employee relief fund and the Valentine Memorial Scholarship.