Newman and Zupec earn Taylor scholarships to NIU


IVCC graduates Alex Newman, left, and Dylan Zupec earned full-tuition William and Dian Taylor scholarships to NIU – PHOTO IVCC

OGLESBY – Recent Illinois Valley Community College graduates Alex Newman of Oglesby and Dylan Zupec of Granville will attend Northern Illinois University next fall on full-tuition scholarships from William and Dian Taylor of Winnetka. Newman won the Taylor’s accountancy scholarship and Zupec the Taylor’s STEM award. This spring, Zupec was one of just 50 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholars from among more than 2,000 applicants. At NIU, he will major in electrical engineering.

At IVCC, the son of John and Kelly Zupec earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. He tutored math and physics and as co-president of Phi Theta Kappa, he led a volunteer project that raised $500 for Illinois Valley Animal Rescue’s silent auction. Newman, an accounting major with a 3.9 GPA, played tennis at IVCC for two years. At LP, the son of Jennifer and Jacob Newman earned 7-semester honors and played tennis and basketball.

The scholarships cover tuition for the junior and senior years and are worth more than $25,000 to each student. The Taylors are alumni of both IVCC and NIU.