August 05, 2004

Michelle Myers wins presidential scholarship

by Bonnie Marx

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Michelle Myers, a graduate of Macomb 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 Myers, daughter of Mark Myers and Nancy Myers of Macomb.

Myers 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 classes.

Myers honors include membership in the Society for Academic Achievement. She was active in theater, choir, band, the math team and the Spanish club.

Myers intends to major in music business.