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Name of Scholarship: ​Carey Marie Walsh Scholarship 

Champion of Scholarship: ​Thomas and Charleen Walsh Family 

Background of Scholarship: ​

Carey Marie Walsh was a student at Brehm Preparatory School from 1989 to 1993. Carey came to Brehm as a shy, reserved girl. During her time at Brehm, Carey participated in the yearbook and enjoyed traveling to Europe and Africa. Carey worked hard at Brehm and gained many of the skills needed to live independently and develop relationships. She graduated valedictorian in 1993 and then went on to SIU, where she received a BA in Psychology in 1998. Carey moved to Glen Ellyn, IL and attended the College of DuPage, where she received a Library Technical Assistant certificate in 2001. Throughout these successes, Carey continued to struggle with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She returned to Carbondale and enrolled in Brehm’s OPTIONS Program in 2002. With the support of OPTIONS, Carey found meaningful employment at the public library and businesses in Carbondale. Carey was an active member of the community; regularly attending sports events, plays, and concerts. Carey truly enjoyed her independence, her friendships, and her work. In 2010, Carey underwent a bone marrow transplant for a blood disease, from which she did not recover.  

It is in loving memory of Carey that we, her family, dedicate this scholarship to others.

Carey’s life was full of challenges. Every day she battled to do simple things that many of us take for granted; like locking the door and walking away, or throwing away a piece of paper. However, Carey led a life of fulfillment, she was proud of her accomplishments, and she never stopped striving for better.  

Purpose: The Carey Marie Walsh Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one or more Brehm Preparatory School students each year that embodies the characteristics of Carey – including motivation, tenacity, striving for independence and excellence, caring for fellow students, respect for the environment, and creativity.   

Amount Awarded: The Carey Marie Walsh is a $15,000 merit-based scholarship. The full amount can be awarded to one student or split between students as determined by the Scholarship Committee.  

 Timeline and Duration:​ The scholarship is awarded annually with the potential for unlimited duration. Scholarship applications will be emailed to students and their families during the second semester of the academic year. Deadline and award date will be announced when the applications are sent. To ensure you receive the scholarship application, make sure the Foundation has your current and preferred email address. To ensure you receive the application, please add​ and ​ to your email contacts.   

Terms and Conditions: The scholarship is renewable if the student is returning to Brehm Preparatory School The Following year, maintains good academic standing, and continues to make progress towards his/her specific goals.  


  1. Students are eligible for this scholarship after their first semester at Brehm.
  2. Students may/should receive support to complete their essay. However, the student should ensure that the writing is reflective of his/her words and abilities. It is important that the applicant remember that the committee is most interested in the content of the essay and that the answers are reflective of the questions asked. 
  3. Students must be a Brehm Jr. High or High School student.  
  4. Students must be in good academic standing. 
  5. Students must be making adequate progress in the Brehm Program. 
  6. Students who are 100% funded through their school districts, who have settlements for funding through their district, or who receive other funding through the Brehm School Foundation are not eligible to apply. 
  7. All tuition payments for the current year should be up-to-date. 
  8. Students should submit answers to the Applicant Questions as well as the Assistance Form, ​Attention Anne` Westberry​, on or before ​due date​.  

 Applicant Questions to be answered in essay form:  

  1. How would this scholarship benefit and contribute to your long-term(or immediate) goals? Please do not base your answer on financial need.
  2. Carey had a passion for reading. Choose one book that you have read and describe how it had a positive effect on you.
  3. Describe how Brehm has assisted you in the development of your academic, social, and emotional goals. 
Ms Charlene Waslsh

Ms Charlene Waslsh