OGLESBY – A scholarship for students planning to teach in the fine arts has been established in memory of Christine Jordan Kalil. The $1,000 annual award will support students pursuing teaching careers in art, music, theatre or other fine arts. Demonstrated financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA are also required. Kalil of Lexington Park, Md., died Jan. 27, 2020 at age 42 after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
The scholarship was created by her parents Lynne and Alan Weber of Princeton and husband David Kalil of Lexington Park. Lynne Weber teaches Early Childhood Education part-time at IVCC. The former Christy Jordan graduated from Princeton High School in 1995. She attended IVCC and graduated from Bradley University in 1999 with a bachelor’s in art. She later earned a master’s in school guidance counseling from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
She was employed for a year by Disney World as the character Chip, and sometimes Dale. At Disney, Kalil discovered her love for children and her desire to enter the educational system. She taught art in Nashville for five years before moving to southern Maryland where she worked as an elementary school guidance counselor.
Kalil had a passion for theater and was actively involved on stage from high school through adulthood. She and David were also active in music ministry at their church. The Kalil’s fostered three children prior to her illness.
“Christine would have been so proud of her family’s decision to establish a scholarship in her name so that others could benefit from a college education,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.