September 03, 2004

Marchini wins chancellor's scholarship

by Bonnie Marx

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Timothy I. Marchini, a 2004 graduate of Newton Community High School, is the recipient of a chancellor's scholarship from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The award provides tuition and fees for four years. For the current school year, it's worth $6,340 for Marchini, son of Paul and Linda Marchini of Newton.

Marchini is one of nine freshmen who make up the 2004 group of Chancellor's Scholars.

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 and leadership qualities.

This year's scholars recorded an average ACT score of 31.22; 36 is the maximum score. All the recipients ranked in the top 2 percent of their high school graduating class.

Marchini's honors include taking first place in the Lakeland College Business and Computer Contest and receiving a Prairie State Achievement Award in all five areas -- reading, math, science, writing and social science.

His activities included serving on the high school's academic team.

Marchini plans to major in computer science.

Strengthening the undergraduate scholarship program is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence ThroughCommitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.