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The Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship

Posted by: Julie Piatek

Carol Cooling was the director of special events and programming at NBC-TV Channel 5 Chicago, who worked on events behind the scenes.  Carol always went above and beyond her work duties, and made NBC Chicago proud to call her one of their own. Carol made a positive impact on every one she met, and always treated them with love and respect. Sadly, Carol passed away in November 2013 after a battle with cancer.

The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) worked closely every year with Cooling during the Chicago Auto Show.  Carol is a John Hersey High School graduate, and to honor her, the CATA would like to offer a John Hersey graduating senior who best exemplifies the character traits of Carol Cooling a $1,000 scholarship. 

“We are very appreciative of what the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is doing to honor the wonderful Carol Cooling.  She left a great legacy that will live on through this scholarship,” John Novak, John Hersey High School principal.

Students who apply must be graduating by the end of the year, and be planning to attend a post-secondary institution in the fall.  The scholarship is looking for a student who is heavily involved in clubs and activities, along with leadership positions. Financial need is a consideration for the scholarship as well. 

“NBC and Carol Cooling have teamed up with the CATA for many years, and it was such an integral congregation in the great success of not only the First Look for Charity night, but also the NBC one-hour Auto Show piece. Carol was huge in every way, and her work ethic was unmatched, and I just want her to be honored and remembered as such a caring, hard working person, and hopefully to inspire some young person to do the same,” John Webb, Chicago Auto Show chairman.

The Carol Cooling Scholarship will be for the next 10 years.  John Hersey students wanting to apply must have their application in by May 15, 2014. 



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