Submitted by ETHS
Evanston Township High School (ETHS) held its annual Senior Scholarships Night on May 10, acknowledging students in the Class of 2023 who are scholarship recipients through the ETHS Scholarship program. Meg Houseworth and Benjamin Levy, who were nominated by their fellow ETHS seniors, are the 2023 recipients of the Women for Evanston Youth Award and the Oliver Baty Cunningham Memorial Prize.
Each year, senior students are encouraged to apply for ETHS Scholarships for which they may qualify. Two of the scholarships – Women for Evanston Youth Outstanding Senior Award and Oliver Baty Cunningham Memorial Prize – are by nomination only.
Women for Evanston Youth Outstanding Senior Award
This award, formerly the North End Mothers’ Club Award, is presented annually to the senior who identifies as female or gender nonconforming, and who ranks first among the members of their class in all-around qualities, including intellectual ability, sense of responsibility, capacity for leadership and distinguished service to school and community. Students must have maintained a 3.5 GPA.
ETHS senior Meg Houseworth distinguishes herself with an exceptional academic record and dedication to social justice. She worked for the Restore Justice Foundation, researching juvenile court cases to advise families of incarcerated people about developments in their family member’s case. She interned at the Evanston History Center, helping create high school lessons on Indigenous history. Through student organizations SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism) and Emerge, Houseworth used her voice and actions to support disenfranchised populations in the local community.
Oliver Baty Cunningham Memorial Prize
This scholarship is awarded annually to the senior who identifies as male or gender nonconforming, and who ranks first among the members of their class in all-around qualities, including intellectual ability, capacity for leadership, sense of responsibility and distinguished service to school and community.
ETHS senior Benjamin Levy distinguished himself with highly disciplined work habits and by excelling across multiple Advanced Placement classes. He was a member of the ETHS Water Polo team and a member of SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism). Outside of school, he worked in the community as a lifeguard, beach manager, and an aquatic camp counselor.
Throughout the night, a total of 62 ETHS seniors were honored with scholarships awarded by the ETHS College & Career Services Department.
To learn more about ETHS scholarships, visit the ETHS website.
Senior named 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholar
Emmet Ebels Duggan, a senior at Evanston Township High School was recognized as a 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program honored 161 of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors.
According to program guidelines, scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas – academic and artistic success, technical excellence, leadership and involvement in school and the community – and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. Application is by invitation only and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviewed the applications of all finalists from a pool of more than 5,000 candidates.
Candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program from ETHS also included Max Smith and Rex Wallin. A complete list of candidates, semifinalists, and finalists is available on the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program website.