Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

Like the evergreen... she is always awake and watching over us!

The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of Corinne Schillings by providing a living legacy through education.

Corinne & Cozy

July 1, 1977  -  March 6, 2004


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Born July 1, 1977, Corinne grew up in the southern Chicago suburb of Homewood, Illinois.

Beginning in Kindergarten she attended Churchill Elementary School and then moved on to James Hart Junior H. S., where she was in band and captain of the Pompon squad.  Corinne also worked in the school district office during summer vacations from Purdue University.


In 1995, Corinne graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.  During high school she was a member of numerous clubs, the school band, a cheerleader, and the Pompon squad.

After high school she attended Purdue University, majoring in Italian and Spanish, and studying Portuguese and French.  While at Purdue Corinne was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, and lived in the sorority house beginning her sophomore year.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in December, 1999.


While attending Purdue Corinne studied in Florence, Italy during the summer of 1998.  While in Florence she met Andrew Roccella, also studying through one of Purdue’s programs.  (Even though they both attended Purdue, they had to go to Italy to meet.)

As much as Corinne loved Florence, she wanted to live in another Italian city also, so she returned the next year for a semester of study in Milan, where she lived with five Italian roommates (talk about total language emersion).


After graduating from Purdue, in January 2000, Corinne moved to Washington, DC to become an executive assistant at the National Italian American Foundation.  Here she was able to utilize many of her skills in the Italian language and culture.

Corinne’s first apartment in the DC area was in Alexandria, Virginia, on Van Dorn St.  Every day she took the Metro to work downtown – catching it at the Pentagon Station, a very scary and tragic place on September 11, 2001.


After a little over one year at NIAF Corinne moved, becoming an assistant at the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank.  Soon, she moved into the web department and became Web master of their site, continuously updating and maintaining the home page.

In the summer of 2003, Corinne moved to a new apartment in Arlington, VA, one block from the Iwo Jima memorial and adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, the location was immediately across the river from the city of Washington.


Always eager to learn, Corinne was accepted into graduate school at George Mason University, and began her classes to obtain a Master’s Degree in International Studies.

Although transplanted to the Washington area, Corinne was a mid-western girl through and through.  She loved the City of Chicago, especially at Christmas, when the family would go downtown to enjoy the season that she loved so much.

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