June 01, 2006

Jackson wins SIU Presidential Scholarship

by K.C. Jaehnig

 CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Creighton A. Jackson of Camargo (121 W. 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 Villa Grove High School, Jackson plans to major in psychology at SIUC. His honors include selection as an Illinois State Scholar, membership in the National Honor Society, four years of listings on the National Honor Roll and a listing in Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Participating in the Scholastic Bowl throughout high school, he served as its captain for two of those. He also served as an officer in the Science Club for three years and as section leader in the choir for four years.

Jackson is the son of Leonard Jackson of Tuscola and Camargo resident Nancy Jackson.

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.