June 23, 2005

Two win Applied Sciences and Arts scholarships

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Two students in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are receiving scholarships next semester through the college's Alumni Constituent Society.

The recipients of the $1,000 awards are Derrick M. Droge, a senior in radiologic sciences from Marion, and Mitchell Rybacki, a senior in architectural studies from Nashville. Droge is the son of Ginger and Michael Droge, 1404 Golf Course Road, Marion; Rybacki's parents are Shelley and Don Rybacki, 6984 Indian Trail Road, Nashville.

Academic achievement is the primary criteria for the alumni society scholarships, with preference given to students who have a relative who graduated from CASA and or SIUC.

"Derrick and Mitchell are outstanding students and the members of the CASA alumni constituency society were delighted to award these scholarships to these two fine students," CASA Dean Paul D. Sarvela said. "We were pleased to have many fine applicants for this very special scholarship and look forward to providing additional scholarships in the future as a result of our fund-raising efforts."

The generosity and loyalty of CASA graduates and friends of the college make the awards possible, Sarvela said.

Proceeds from the college's annual CASA Southern Illinois Scholarship Scramble help fund scholarships. The event is set for Friday, June 24, at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda. For more information on the golf outing, contact Michael Ellis, director of advancement for CASA and associate director for institutional advancement at SIUC, at 618/536-6682, or at michaele@siu.edu.

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