June 01, 2006

Crawford wins SIU Presidential Scholarship

by K.C. Jaehnig

 CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Kathleen “Katie” Crawford of Teutopolis (15561 N. 1700th St.) has won a Presidential Scholarship that will pay for her tuition, fees, room and board at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for each of the next four years.

Worth about $56,000 in all, the grants are the largest awarded to the University’s undergraduates.

The late James E. Walker, former president of SIU, set up the Presidential Scholarships in 2001. Each year, they go to 19 Illinois students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and who have at least a 3.75 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a minimum ACT composite score of 29.

A graduate of Teutopolis High School, Crawford plans to major in marketing at SIUC. Her honors include selection as an Illinois State Scholar and membership in the National Honor Society

A cheerleader, she also played an active role in such activities as the Art Club, Varsity Club, Math Club and Student Council.

Crawford is the daughter of Ken and Patty Crawford.

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