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CATA awards Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship to high school graduate

June 16, 2017
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association on June 2 presented the 2017 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship to a graduating senior at an Arlington Heights high school. Ashley Roscoe received a $1,000 grant to put toward future studies.   
The CATA established the Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship in 2014 to honor Carol Cooling, a John Hersey High School alumna and a long-time special events director at NBC 5 Chicago. She succumbed to cancer in 2013. 
As producer of the Chicago Auto Show live TV special, Cooling and her team worked closely with the CATA, and many of the shows Emmy Awards. John Hennessy, chairman of the CATA, said Roscoe embodies the characteristics for which Cooling was known: someone always willing to volunteer, take on extra responsibilities and hold leadership positions.
Roscoe plans to use the grant to help fund her college education beginning this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she will pursue a double major in Natural Resource Management and Criminology.
"With the help of this scholarship, my hope is that I can attend college to learn how to protect our state and national parks as I aspire to be a conservation officer or a park ranger," Roscoe said. "I am beyond blessed to have received the Spirit of Carol Cooling scholarship, and cannot express enough gratitude to the Chicagoland Automobile Trade Association. Thank you to all involved who chose me as the recipient of this award." 
The CATA will fund the scholarship through 2023, and Hersey students will have the chance to apply again next year.