August 03, 2004

Jared Boulds wins presidential scholarship

by Bonnie Marx

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jared Boulds, a graduate of Gallatin County High School, is the recipient of a presidential scholarship from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


The award provides tuition, fees, and room and board for four years. For the upcoming school year, that's a total of $11,540 for Boulds, son of James and Sherry Boulds of Ridgway.

Boulds is one of 19 incoming freshmen who make up the third group of presidential scholars. SIU President James E. Walker created the Presidential Scholars Program three years ago, saying it "rewards Illinois high school students who have worked hard in the classroom and who have been actively involved in their school and community."

Minimum eligibility requirements are an ACT (American College Test) composite score of 29, a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 (perfect) scale, leadership qualities and Illinois residency.

This year's scholars recorded an average ACT score of 32.89; 36 is the maximum score. All the recipients ranked in the top 2 percent of their high school graduating class.

Boulds' activities included the tournament chemistry team, the WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team and the scholar bowl team.

He plans to major in chemistry and math education.