April 05, 2006

Pulliam scholarship applications available

by Nicky Jacobs

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Four $1,000 scholarships, named for the sixth president of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, are available to SIUC students.

Applicants for the Roscoe Pulliam Memorial Scholarships must be a child, grandchild or sibling to an SIUC graduate who is a current member of the SIU Alumni Association. Applicants must be admitted or currently enrolled undergraduate students, registered for a minimum of 12 semester hours and must submit a copy of an SIUC financial aid award letter.

Additional requirements include three letters of recommendation, two from any of the following: clergy, SIUC faculty/staff, or person(s) of responsibility who can attest to one's moral constitution. One must come from the relative holding current Association membership who can attest to the applicant's leadership qualities.

New freshman students must rank in the upper 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class and score a minimum 26 on the ACT exam or minimum of 1170 on the SAT. Currently enrolled students should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and provide a current transcript. A transfer student should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 for all colleges attended and provide all transcripts. Award winners will attend the SIU Alumni Association's Homecoming luncheon and dine with the Pulliam family in October.

The application deadline is May 31.

The Roscoe Pulliam Scholarship Fund was established in 1953 by the late Mabel Pulliam and later restructured by the family. It is a memorial in honor of Pulliam and the dedicated students, faculty, citizens and community leaders who in 1937-1945 conceived and fought for SIUC.

For more information or to apply, log on to www.siualumni.com/pulliam, visit the SIU Alumni Association Student Center Office, Second Floor, or call 618/453-2417.

Strengthening the undergraduate scholarship program is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.