June 01, 2006

Yung wins SIU Presidential Scholarship

by K.C. Jaehnig

 CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Andrew Yung of Aledo (2562 30th ave.) 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 United Township High School in East Moline, Yung plans to major in zoology at SIUC. His honors include selection as an Illinois State Scholar, listing on the high honor roll and selection for the Academic All-Conference in football and basketball.

In addition to membership on the football, basketball, baseball and track teams, he also was active in the National Honor Society, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering and the math team.

Yung is the son of Richard and Carolyn Yung.

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.