Highland Foundation 2021 Legacy Award: Marjorie Phillips wins


FREEPORT — Humble about receiving accolades, Marjorie Phillips lights up when she speaks about past students she and her late husband, Dr. Spencer Phillips, were able to help with a scholarship fund through Highland Community College.

“Giving is a part of living,” Phillips, 94, said in a news release from the college.

Phillips serves on the college’s foundation board and awards two scholarships a year to top students.

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Phillips will receive the Delbert Scheider Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Legacy Gala, hosted by the Highland Community College Foundation on October 2.

Marjorie Phillips has been named the winner of the Delbert Scheider Lifetime Achievement Award from the Highland Community College Foundation.

“I think Highland is the most important thing Freeport has going for it,” Phillips said. “Freeport has slid over the years. Highland hasn’t. The college continues to thrive and offers our students so much. What a gem we have in this college.”

The Phillips moved to Freeport in 1948. Spencer Phillips soon set up his medical practice.

Marjorie Phillips said she and her husband chose Freeport as their hometown because of its small town appeal and proximity to larger cities.

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