ETHS Booster Club Scholarships

Four $1,000 Booster Scholarship awards are presented annually to four graduating senior students who have a minimum seventh semester 3.0 cumulative GPA, have participated in at least two Boosters-supported extracurricular activities during at least three years at ETHS, and can show documented evidence of community service throughout their high school career. All student applications for the ETHS Scholarships are read and scored by a panel of 12 ETHS retirees (teachers, counselors, administrators). They are scored objectively according to scholarship scoring rubrics. The high scorers are forwarded to the Selection Committee which is comprised of 5-6 outside judges (college admissions professionals) who select the recipients. Class of 2022 Boosters scholarship awards were presented at the (virtual) Senior Scholarships Night on May 11.

Congratulations to these outstanding Wildkits!

Sofia CastroETHS Boosters Award$1,000
Sophie LammersETHS Boosters Award$1,000
John LeibforthETHS Boosters Scholarship$1,000
Tami SchneidermanETHS Boosters Scholarship$1,000

The Crystal ‘E’ Award

The Crystal ‘E’ Award is awarded annually to an ETHS staff member who runs an extracurricular activity and is nominated by students and parents. It is presented at an all staff meeting on the last day of school. Thank you to everyone who has nominated an extraordinary ETHS teacher, coach or staff member!

Tim Fodor is the 2020-2021 Crystal ‘E’ Award winner.

Tim has been the assistant boys water polo coach at ETHS for the past three seasons. He embodies the ideals of the Crystal ‘E.’ Award. “Winning the award as an assistant coach shows that you don’t have to be a head coach to make a meaningful positive impact on the team,” said Tim. An ETHS alum (2006), Tim played varsity water polo all four of his Wildkit years under current head coach, Kevin Auger. Tim led his team to ETHS’ first water polo state tournament in 2004-2005, earning a third place state finish. Tim was named team MVP the following season as a senior. Tim joins his father, Dr. David Fodor, as a Crystal ‘E’ award winner. Dr. Fodor won twice (2006 and 2012) in recognition of building a robust music program as the director of bands at ETHS.

This isn’t his main job and he still puts so much time and effort into his work at Evanston. He is a great coach and an even greater man.          – ETHS boys water polo player

I could easily see his passion for the game and helping us better understand and grow our own passions for the game. Tim regularly pulls people aside for one on one coaching during practice to give them specific instruction. He also sends out notes before games to help us strategize and remember key plays and moves. Tim also likes to have fun with the team and get in on our inside jokes and always has a smile on his face … Tim is always there for the team whether we have something on our minds whether it relates to polo or not. I could not ask for a better coach and hope that he is recognized for his outstanding work ethic and care for our team.  – ETHS boys water polo player

As an alumni of both ETHS and its water polo team, he brings experience of the sport and social life to me and the team. He’s helped coach us to play at the next level, that has helped us compete with any team. He has exceeded all of our expectations as the type of coach we were getting 3 years ago, and continually adds to that. – ETHS boys water polo player

He has his priorities straight, as in he cares about all of us players as individuals, but has a competitive mindset, and won’t hesitate to tell us if we are wrong. I respect him greatly and I only wish that more people are able to hear of the impact he has had on me and this team that I care so greatly about.  – ETHS boys water polo player

Tim is the ultimate example of a leader who inspires, challenges, uplifts, and supports his student athletes…every single minute. He is calm, patient, strategic, competitive, kind and funny! My son and his teammates constantly acknowledge the outstanding skills and motivating disposition of Coach Tim. He’s helped improve the program at ETHS and his coaching skills are an asset to the entire ETHS student athlete family and the ETHS community at large. Tim never loses his patience, he has hope for each individual athlete, and the student athletes believe in him and trust his instincts and advice. My son was excited about practices and games because of Tim. He is the definition of “Not for oneself, but for one’s own” and for that we are eternally grateful and hope that you will recognize Tim with the Booster Club Crystal ‘E’ Award this year. Go ‘Kits!!  — ETHS boys water polo parent

Current Crystal ‘E’ Award winner Tim Fodor celebrates with the ETHS boys varsity water polo team.

Past Crystal ‘E’ Award Winners:

  • 2023 Keith Holtzmuller
  • 2022 Fenton Gunter
  • 2021 Tom Fodor
  • 2020 Gedeon Yitref
  • 2019 Andrew Miner
  • 2018 Matt Bufis
  • 2017 Jennifer Weber
  • 2016 Jeff Hannah
  • 2015 Matt Moran
  • 2014 Pam McPherson
  • 2014 Kiril Mirintchev
  • 2013 Tom Doan
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