In an effort to support employees in their personal and professional development, Covenant Retirement Communities (Skokie, Ill.), one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services providers, awarded a Paul V. Peterson Scholarship to Anita Figueroa, an applications support analyst in the company’s central office. The $2,000 scholarship will help fund Figueroa’s studies as she completes her bachelor’s degree in business management at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.
The scholarship is one of eight — totaling $15,000 — awarded to Covenant Retirement Communities employees and their dependents. The Paul V. Peterson Scholarship, named for a former president of CRC, is awarded to employees at Covenant Retirement Communities who are enrolled in a class or program that supports and is beneficial to his/her employment with CRC, an individual campus and/or its residents.
“By sponsoring scholarships for employees and their dependents, we are helping each individual grow,” says Deborah Tate, Covenant Retirement Communities vice president of human resources. “Covenant Retirement Communities is dedicated to individual development and fulfillment. The scholarships underscore that key commitment.”
A selection committee reviewed 55 applications from its communities nationwide and based awards on educational and career pursuits consistent with CRC values; an essay demonstrating a defined educational/career goal; and the employee’s good standing with CRC or an individual campus for at least one year.
“In the 13 years she’s been with Covenant Retirement Communities, Anita used our tuition reimbursement and some flexible scheduling to obtain an associate’s degrees and close in on her bachelor’s degree,” says her supervisor Sneha Patel, Covenant Retirement Communities chief information officer. “This scholarship recognizes her determination, positive attitude, and commitment to personal and career development.”
Figueroa lives in Chicago.
About Covenant Retirement Communities
Covenant Retirement Communities Inc. is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services providers. It serves 5,000 residents at 15 retirement communities nationwide and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information, visit