Metropolis resident and 2020 Massac County High School (MCHS) graduate Madison Giltner has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship award by the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA). The city of Metropolis has matched this amount with its own check for $1,000, bringing the total scholarship cash award to $2,000.
The daughter of Brian and Kim Giltner, of Metropolis, she was one of four finalists whose energy-related essays were chosen by a seven-member IMUA Scholarship Program Judging Panel earlier this year.
Giltner was presented her award certificate and $1,000 IMUA scholarship matching check from the city by Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel and Metropolis City Attorney and IMEA Board Member Rick Abell during a special presentation held on July 13 at Metropolis City Hall.
A straight-A student, Giltner was a member of the MCHS’s soccer team; Key Club, Spanish Club and Math Club teams; an All-American Cheerleader and member of the school’s Cheer Team; a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Giltner plans to attend Mississippi State University this fall.
Previous Metropolis winner was Brittany Heisner in 2008. Metropolis also is among the IMUA’s long-time leaders and financial supporters of the 20-year-old scholarship program.
“We’re proud to partner with the IMUA in helping provide a measure of financial assistance in support of a student’s college educational and career aspirations,” McDaniel said.
Giltner’s essay, titled “Fossil Fuels: The Backbone of Power Generation,” garnered the third highest number of votes from the scholarship program judging panel.
Essays written by this year’s four winners were chosen from among 58 entries submitted by eligible high school seniors in IMUA member communities statewide.
The remaining three finalists in this year’s essay competition were Scott Breidigan, a 2020 graduate of St. Charles High School in St. Charles; Hailey Winslow of Springfield, a 2020 graduate of Chatham Glenwood High School in Chatham; and, Catherine Noelle Sorensen, a 2020 graduate of Naqua Valley High School in Naperville.
Since its inception in 2000, IMUA’s Scholarship Program has awarded nearly $50,000 to 88 students from 28 different IMUA member-communities statewide.
Organized in 1948, the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA) serves as the statewide trade organization for Illinois’ municipal utility systems. It is comprised of, and represents the unified interests of, 48 municipally-owned and operated electric, natural gas, cable, water, wastewater treatment and telecommunications utilities throughout Illinois, including the City of Metropolis.