June 01, 2006

Dover wins SIU Presidential Scholarship

by K.C. Jaehnig

 CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Alex Dover of Grand Chain (790 S. Main St.) has won a Presidential Scholarship that will pay for his 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 Century High School, Dover plans to major in political science at SIUC. His honors include selection as an Illinois State Scholar, placement on the National Honor Roll, a listing in Who’s Who Among American High School Students, an All-American Scholar award and the USAA National Mathematics Award.

President of the Student Council and the Beta Club and captain of the Scholar Bowl, he also served on the SIDEZ Board of Directors and played an active role in such activities as the Science Club and yearbook staff.

Dover is the son of Malcom K. and Beth Bridewell-Dover.

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