FRANKFORT, ILLINOIS (May 16, 2010):  At the Lincoln-Way East High School’s Seniors Awards night on May 11, 2010, the Frankfort Township Republican Organization (FTRO) was proud to present the first of two scholarship awards to Vanessa Stokes to help her pursue her goal to become a teacher by getting a college degree in education.  The check was made payable to Illinois State University to further her goal.

Vanessa Stokes is the daughter of Mark and Sharon Stokes of Mokena.  She is the oldest child and only daughter of her family.  She was voted by the FTRO to receive the award based upon the essay she wrote, which was one of 12 that were submitted.  Her essay can be viewed on the FTRO website:  Vanessa’s photo can be viewed by clicking on the website: under Events.

As a member of the FTRO Scholarship Committee, Margo McDermed, Frankfort Township Clerk and FTRO Committeeman, presented the award.

The FTRO Scholarship fund was founded last year by former Mayor Ray Rossi.  As a result of Ray’s vision, hard work, and persistence, the FTRO established two scholarships to be awarded annually to one high school senior graduating from Lincoln-Way East and one student graduating from Lincoln-Way North High Schools to offer financial assistance to students living in our community who seek higher education to better their future.

Ray Rossi and his wife Terri have demonstrated their firm commitment to support excellence and achievement in both academics and sports by the work they have done to better our local schools, Terri by working for the Lincoln-Way school district to promote education, and Ray by coaching wrestling. The FTRO shares this view and endorses growth through higher education for high school student graduates.

On May 18th, the FTRO will present a scholarship award to the high school senior who will win the second FTRO scholarship at a ceremonial service at LincoIn-Way North High School.

For further information about the FTRO, please contact Ed Ronkowski, FTRO Chairman at 708-479-4417; Nella Piccolin, FTRO Vice-Chairman, at 815-469-4996; or visit our website at

FRANKFORT, ILLINOIS (May 25, 2010):Molly Beil, daughter of Rich and Angie Beil of Frankfort, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship toward her college education on May 18 at Lincoln-Way North High School by the Frankfort Township Republican Organization (FTRO) based upon the essay she submitted to us.Margo McDermed, Frankfort Township Clerk, FTRO Committeeman and a member of the FTRO Scholarship Committee, presented the check to Molly.


The check, made payable to Illinois State University, will be used by Molly to advance her goal to get a college degree in Public Relations, focusing upon advertising, in the School of Communication.

Last summer, Molly and her friend Lauren raised $1,725 for Rapha House, an organization in Cambodia dedicated to rescuing and educating young women who are victims of sex trafficking and slavery.Through their youth group at church, they initiated a fundraising program in which volunteers provided beauty services (e.g., hair, nails, and makeup) for students prior to the homecoming dances at three local high schools.The event was so successful that Molly’s church is instituting this as an annual fundraising event for Rapha House.Molly said, “We are not only raising awareness of a global issue, but we are doing our part to change the world.”


Molly’s essay can be viewed on the FTRO, and her photo can be viewed by clicking on the under Events.

Founded last year by former Frankfort Mayor Ray Rossi, the Frankfort Scholarship Fund will provide two annual scholarships: one to a senior from Lincoln-Way East High School and one to a senior from Lincoln-Way North High School.The Scholarship Fund was established to encourage higher education for local graduates in order to foster FTRO’s belief in education and commitment to the community.

For further information, please contact FTRO Chairman Ed Ronkowski at 708-479-4417, FTRO Vice Chairman Nella Piccolin at 815-469-4996, or visit