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13th Annual Officer David White Scholarship Awarded to Katharine Marshall

The 2019 Officer David White Scholarship was awarded to Katharine Marshall, daughter of Naperville Chief of Police, Robert Marshall. The recognition took place at the Naperville Park District board of commissioners meeting at the South Maintenance Facility, located at 3415 Book Road on Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

 Naperville Park Police Chief Carl Schnibben and Officer David White attended the recognition while Detective Jamie Goschey presented the award. Detective Goschey spoke as a former Officer White Scholarship recipient who is currently working in public service as a detective and juvenile officer for the Batavia Police Department.

  The $2,000 scholarship honors the compassionate public service demonstrated by Naperville Park Police Officer David White, whose actions helped save a young man’s life in 2006.

The scholarship is open to an individual age 25 and under who either is a son or daughter of an active duty Naperville police officer, park police officer, or firefighter or someone who is serving in one of these roles themselves.  Naperville Police Explorers and Naperville Fire Explorers also are eligible.

The scholarship is funded by an anonymous donor, who has provided $2,000 annually for the scholarship since 2007. In the donor’s words, “The purpose of the scholarship is to inspire our next generation of public servants to care enough to exert the extra effort, to take a second look.” 

A panel of seven judges selected Katharine Marshall as the 2019 scholarship recipient by evaluating the scholarship applications that were submitted. The scholarship panel included the following community leaders:

  • Mike Briggs, President and CEO, Little Friends
  • Bobby Carlsen, Commissioner, Naperville Park District
  • Kamala Martinez, President and CEO, KidsMatter
  • Mark Puknaitis, Fire Chief, Naperville Fire Department
  • Nancy Quigley, Citizens Appreciate Public Safety
  • Bob Ross, Chief Operating Officer, Naperville Community Unit School District 203
  • Carl Schnibben, Park Police Chief, Naperville Park District


Katharine was selected for her record of service to others and her desire to prepare for a career in nursing that will continue her focus on brightening the lives of those who are hurting.

Detective Goschey thanked the donors of the scholarship for their generosity and vision to support higher education and the families of our local first responders. She also honored the late Mayor Emeritus George Pradel, who served on the scholarship review panel for 12 years and donated funds to expand the scholarship.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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