John Baldini Scholarship
The John Baldini Scholarship was established in 1995 in memory of John L. Baldini '41 by his family, his friends, and supporters from both political parties. Baldini served on Illinois State University's Alumni Board for 12 years and was a founding member of the Redbird Club. He owned and operated the Lucca Grill in Bloomington and was active in the Democratic Party at the county and state levels for more than 50 years. Baldini was respected by both political parties for his compassion and interest in others, for his honesty, and his positive impact on all with whom he interacted. Each candidate for this scholarship must be a full-time student at Illinois State or an incoming freshman who will be a full-time student, be a resident of McLean County with demonstrated financial need, and have a demonstrated interest in community service and concern for humankind.