J.D. Sinnock Scholarship Awarded to Jack Vadeboncour ‘13

Jack VadeboncourJack Vadeboncour ’13 was announced as the winner of the 2013 J.D. Sinnock Scholarship and received a check for $1,000 at Chapter on March 31. Jack has just begun his studies towards a Masters in Accountancy at the University of Illinois this spring. He’s a former treasurer of the Gamma Zeta Chapter and most recently as a senior, lived in the house and drove an important scholarship initiative among the membership that was influential in the chapter jumping 20 spots in the fraternity GPA rankings this past fall. Congrats Jack!! Thanks again to Dave Seiler ’77 and the Gamma Zeta Scholarship committee for administering this important scholarship program.

Here’s some background on J.D. Sinnock and the Scholarship…

J.D. Sinnock was a Gamma Zeta ’86 where he received numerous honors and served as Worthy Master. He went on to Law School at the University of Michigan and received his juris doctor in May 1989. In October of that year, a tragic automobile accident took his life. The other driver involved was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics.

In 1990, J.D.’s friends and family established a scholarship fund in his name as a tribute to his life and to honor his memory. He was a great guy and this was a huge loss. The tribute to J.D. that was read into the Congressional Record is included below.

The J.D. Sinnock Scholarship is available to Gamma Zeta Seniors who plan to attend Graduate School next fall. Here is the complete description:


  • This scholarship is available for an initiated member of the Gamma Zeta chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at the University of Illinois, who is a graduating senior and will be attending graduate school during the subsequent fall term.
  • The applicant will be judged on a academic achievement, fraternal achievement, fraternal and extracurricular activities and individual character.

The application deadline for the 2014 scholarship was April 21 and we’re looking forward to announcing another winner within the next month.

Here is a link to the tribute that was read into the congressional record by the Honorable Richard J. Durbin on November 1, 1989 shortly after J.D. died.

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