Jed Hanneman was the winner of the 2005 Diane Thompson-Wells Memorial Scholarship.

Hanneman, who aged out this past summer, was presented the check at the annual Show of Shows at Boylan High School in Rockford in July.

He is a University of Wisconsin student from Stratford, Wis. He marched with Capital Sound and Colts prior to his ageout year with Phantom Regiment.

Hanneman is a geography major in addition to marching with the Badger Marching Band.

The Diane Thompson-Wells Memorial Scholarship is available for active members of the Phantom Regiment who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and who are enrolled in or will be enrolled in an accredited college or university for the fall semester.

“Diane loved the Phantom Regiment and had a passion for education,” said her husband, Doug Wells. “This is especially fitting way to honor her memory and create a lasting legacy to help corps members achieve their educational goals.”

Diane Thompson-Wells passed away June 16, 2000. Friends and family describe her as “challenging,” always striving to do her best, to be a leader and encouraging others to do so as well. She earned an accounting degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Drake University in Des Moines. Diane joined Sundstrand Corp. (now Hamilton Sundstrand) in 1971 and became one of the highest-ranking females in the company, rising to Director of Electronics Operations Finance at the time of her death.

For more information or to receive a scholarship application form, contact the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois at (815) 962-2110. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 15.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is an endowed public charity with assets exceeding $40 million. Income from the Foundation’s permanent endowment is used to make grants to nonprofit organizations in its five-county service area.

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Past winners: Cathy Rakowski (2004), Eric Clubb (2003), Will Richards (2002), Huei Yuan-Pan (2001)