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A-Action Pest Control Scholarship Fund in Memory of Jacqueline Duty

Three owners of A-Action pest control standing in front of their office and behind a bench that has their logo on it. This bench was donated in memory of Jaqueline A. Duty, who this scholarship is named after

A-Action Pest Control was founded in 1988 by Douglas M. Duty with his wife, Jacqueline, cheering him on from the sidelines. When their daughter, Cheri, took over the business as owner 19 years later, her mother continued to be a source of unwavering support. Jacqueline always carried a stack of business cards with her and would "talk up" the family business whenever she had the chance. 

In 2014, when Cheri and her husband Adam purchased the building in Antioch that would become home to A-Action, Jacqueline surprised them with the gift of an engraved "A-Action Pest Control" bench to welcome visitors outside the office and commemorate the success of the business. Sadly, in 2015 Jacqueline Duty passed away from cancer. Adam had the bench engraved again in remembrance of Cheri's mother, Douglas' wife, and the pillar of the family. Now, in 2020, the A-Action Pest Control Scholarship Fund in Memory of Jacqueline Duty is in its second year to further honor Jacqueline. 

This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student every year in memory of Jacqueline Duty. 

Winners of the A-Action Pest Control Scholarship:

Kaili Wegener (2020)

Tia Ricchio (2020)

Carissa Pittman (2019)


The purpose of the A-Action Pest Control Scholarship Fund is to encourage commitment by students to a career in business administration, marketing, or another business-related field. Entrepreneurship and small business ownership are core principals A-Action was founded on and are important to the overall local community. 

Approved Curriculum:

The applicant must be currently enrolled or intending to enroll in an accredited business or business-related program at a college or university in Illinois or Wisconsin.

Application Procedure:

  1. Fill out the form below.
  2. Include a faculty letter of recommendation.
  3. Include a personal letter of intent.

2020 Deadline:

The Jaqueline Duty scholarship is closed for 2020 applications. Thank you to all who applied! Congratulations to Kaili Wegener and Tia Ricchio, our 2020 recipients. 

The Scholarship is open for 2021 applications. The deadline for applicants to apply to the Jaqueline Duty Scholarship will be July 2021.

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