J.D. Sinnock ’85 Scholarship

About J.D. Sinnock ’85

John D SinnockJ.D. was born in Springfield and attended Springfield High School where he finished first in his SHS Class of 1982,  He also served as vice president of the student council and as a member of the varsity tennis team.

He attended the University of Illinois where he graduated with high honors with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. At the U of I, he served as president of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and demonstrated his leadership in that group by winning several fraternity awards of great distinction. In addition, he was a member of the dean’s list, the Senior 100 Honorary, Torch Activities Honorary, Mortar Board, and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He also took and passed the CPA exam.

After his graduation from the University of Illinois, J.D. attended law school at the University of Michigan, serving as chairman of the student government. During is studies at Michigan, J.D. shared his knowledge with others, serving as a tutor at the graduate school of business. He graduated cum laude in 1989.

His pursuits after graduation led to employment at the law firm of Latham and Watkins in Los Angeles, CA. Before his death, he sat for the California bar exam.


One scholarship shall be made available to 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 who will be attending graduate school during the subsequent year.

The scholarship application deadline is announced and awarded each spring.


Sinnock Scholarship Winners
1991 – Doug Howenstein
1996 – Ryan Yagoda
1998 – Andrew Kern
2007 – Timothy Rogers
2009 – Timothy Rogers
2013 – Jack VadeBoncouer
2015 – Brett Williams
2015 – Alex Schwartz

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