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Local 15 Scholarship Winners

The Local 15 Scholarship Committee received 35 essays from applicants applying for a $1,000 Scholarship. On June 25th, Local 15 President and Business Manager Chris Riser notified 11 applicants they would be receiving the scholarship.


Sara Meyer is the daughter of Deborah Meyer, a Chemistry Technician out of Dresden. She is attending the University of Illinois in pursuit of her B.S. in Nuclear Engineering. Sara is very involved in her school through sports, music and clubs. She has also received many impressive academic awards, in both high school and college, one of which being part of the Honor Society.

Emma Garesche will be working towards her B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Illinois. She has been active in a variety of extracurriculars such as tutoring, charity with the Greater Chicago Food depository and Chicago Riots Junior Roller Derby. Emma is the daughter of Lisa Mackenzie, a Customer Service Representative at the Lincoln Center.

Analiese Bello is the daughter of Kristy Bello, a Construction Order Clerk at the Glenbard Headquarters. She will be attending the University of Illinois Chicago studying Applied Psychology. During her time in high school, she was part of the swim team and the choir, which she plans to continue choir in college. Analiese was also selected into the ILMEA (Illinois Music Education Association) All District Honors.

Maritza Arias will be attending Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She is the daughter of Eduardo Arias, a Crew Leader out of Chicago South. In high school Maritza was the catalyst behind getting an American sign language (ASL) club implemented as she was interested in learning and thought others would be too. She’s heavily involved in her community and would coach softball, take on a leadership role in summer camps and participate in cancer walks to show support.

Alexis Polenske will attend Augustana College where she will work towards a Biochemistry degree. In high school she was a National Honors Society member and a senior board representative of the Interact/Rotary Club. She was involved with the school theatre and played on the volleyball team and track and field team. Alexis holds a distinguished service award, having accumulated 80+ voluntary service hours in one school year. She is the daughter of Shawn Polenske, A Mechanic in Quad Cities.

Conor Kovas is the son of Robert Kovas, a Crew Leader out of Joliet. He is set to graduate next year and accomplish his goal of receiving a degree in Project Management, emphasis in construction and facilities management. Conor has been equally impressive in sports and academics. He has received football awards for First Team All-Region, First Team All-conference and Freshman of the Year. Academically he has earned a spot on the Academic Presidential Honors list multiple times.

Natalie Schildhouse will be attending Indiana Institute of Technology where she plans to work towards an Engineering degree. In her submitted essay it was obvious she understood the importance of unions and the many different benefits and opportunities they provide. Natalie is the daughter of Steve Schildhouse, a Nuclear Station Operator at Braidwood.

Veronica Urek is the daughter of Ben Urek, a Nuclear Station Operator in Quad Cities. She will be attending Augustana College where she will work towards a degree in Psychology. Veronica was very active in high school having participated in band, theater and a handful of clubs. She was in the National Honors Society and donated an impressive 200 hours of community service.

Caitlyn Schildhouse is the daughter of Steve Schildhouse, a Nuclear Station Operator at Braidwood. She will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in pursuit of a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications. Caitlyn spent her time playing volleyball for her high school as well as traveling volleyball. In her essay she showcased a strong understanding of union knowledge and the higher quality of life unions can provide.

Taylor Chiappetta will work towards a degree in Apparel, Merchandising and Design while attending Iowa State University. In her time in high school, she stayed active and involved, participating in Varsity golf, lacrosse, choir and the musical, to name just a few. She is the daughter of James Chiappetta, a Nuclear Equipment Operator at LaSalle Station.


Reagan Bush is the daughter of Stephanie Bush, a Radiation Protection Technician at LaSalle Station. In high school she stayed busy with clubs, community service and her studies. She belonged to the German club and the Diversity Club. Reagan was named the Illinois State Scholar for the 2022-2023 academic year, invited to be part of the National Honors Society, and graduated with National Honors Society Honors and Summa Cum Laude Honors. Reagan will attend The Ohio State University and pursue a Psychology degree.

In Loving Memory of

Vice President Billy Phillips

1967 - 2022

For 37 Years of Service and selfless dedication to the Members of IBEW Local 15.

Billy’s legacy will be remembered by the many lives he influenced.

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