FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2017
CONTACT: Tamara Edwards, TamaraEdwardsDC@gmail.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this week, the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC announced a scholarship will be named after Lisa Radogno, a longtime congressional staffer who passed away unexpectedly in June 2014. The Lisa Radogno Scholarship will be awarded to a student interning for a Member of Congress from Illinois who has received a nomination from their respective offices for his or her outstanding work. It is a $1,000 scholarship.
Lisa, a La Grange, IL native, began her career in Washington, D.C. as an intern in the office of Congresswoman Judy Biggert, after which she went on to serve on the staff of Congressman Jerry Weller and then Senator Mark Kirk. Following the scholarship announcement, President of the Illinois State Society, Hon. Jerry Weller and Lisa’s parents, Nunzio and Hon. Christine Radogno, shared the following statements:
“The Lisa Radogno I know would be humbled to have a scholarship in her name. She was a fiercely loyal individual who made a lasting impression on everyone she met. She loved Illinois and she loved mentoring young people through their work in Congress. I can’t think of a better way to honor Lisa,” said Weller. “Our family is very gratified the Illinois State Society is funding a Congressional intern scholarship in memory of our daughter, Lisa. It is a fitting and appropriate memorial. Lisa relished the opportunity to work as a congressional intern. She had a tremendous experience that helped launch her too-short career on Capitol Hill. But she never forgot her roots in Illinois and truly enjoyed working with the Illinois State Society. Thank you very much for honoring her memory in this way,” said Nunzio and Christine Radogno.
To donate to the Lisa Radogno Scholarship:
Mail checks to:
‘The Illinois State Society Foundation’
P.O. Box 320776
Alexandria, VA 22320
Founded in 1854, the Illinois State Society in Washington, DC is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the history, culture, science, technology, commerce, and social traditions of Illinois in our nation’s Capital. The first of such organizations, the Society hosts educational forums, social gatherings, and grants scholarships to students with personal or professional ties to Illinois.
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