When Micah Bartlett was 16, his teacher recommended him for a job as a teller in the local bank. Today Micah is president and CEO of Town and Country Financial Corporation.
Following his older brother, Micah was in the first generation of his family to graduate from college, earning an accounting degree from UIS and then going on to earn an MBA and his CPA license. Peggy Bartlett, who also worked in banking, now owns Colour Line Hair Studio in Geneva, Illinois.
In 2008, Peggy and Micah visited a class with students from UIS’ Midstate Student Support (MSS) for Teaching program. Like Micah, many of the students in the program are first-generation college students. All want to be teachers.
Impressed with the students’ commitment and drive, and believing very strongly in education, Micah and Peggy created a scholarship for students in the program. The Bartletts are especially eager to help students who have a financial need.
In 2010-2011, the Bartletts’ scholarship helped UIS student Blake Johnson (at right) change his life forever.
Blake is the first in his family to attend college. He is also the first in his family to graduate from high school. Determined to achieve his dream of becoming a teacher, Blake works a full-time job four days a week and fits his classes into the remaining three days.
In the fall of 2010, inspired to learn more about the world and with the help of the Bartlett scholarship, Blake spent an entire semester studying at Hull University in the United Kingdom.
“Being here and getting here, I have learned so much about myself and the world I live in,” Blake said during the semester abroad. “It makes me wonder what I can achieve in the future.”
With your help, many UIS students will be able to echo Blake’s words.