FREEPORT — Highland Community College Foundation has established the Ray and Jeanie Searby Scholarship. Dr. Edward “Ray” Searby served at Highland from 1976-1991, as Business Division Chairman, Dean of Instruction, Dean of Student Development and Interim President. Dr. Searby dedicated his life to higher education and believed in community colleges.
This year’s scholarship was awarded to Nick Simpson of Lanark, who was awarded $1,000 for the student academic year at Highland. Simpson is a 2015 graduate from Eastland High School. He is majoring in Crop Science. The criteria for this scholarship is given to a person pursuing a degree in Agriculture, Ag-related field, Education, Business or Engineering.