August 06, 2004

Stacy Lemery wins presidential scholarship

by Bonnie Marx

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Stacy Lemery, a graduate of Auburn High School, is the recipient of a presidential scholarship from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Lemery 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."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 Lemery, daughter of Colette Brockman of Rockford.

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.

Lemery's honors include being named to Rockford public high school's Academic All Stars, being recognized as a Northern Illinois Conference Scholar Athlete and being named an Illinois State Scholar. Her activities include varsity basketball, the Spanish and French Honor Societies and the National Honor Society.

She plans to major in foreign language and international trade.