July 25, 2006

Couch wins $1,000 scholarship from SIUC

by K.C. Jaehnig

 CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Lawrenceville resident Dennis S. Couch Jr. (P.O. box listing), a graduate of Wabash Valley College, has received a $1,000 scholarship through the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Illinois Community College Scholarship Program.

Created by SIUC Chancellor Walter V. Wendler in 2004 to enhance the relationship between SIUC and the state's two-year colleges, the program aims to reward these institutions' academic stars. Scholarship recipients must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4-point scale. Colleges may nominate as many as five candidates in ranked order. Scholarships, renewable for a second year, go to the top two.

During his college years, Couch made the National Dean's List, was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and for two semesters he received the Chief Executive Officer's Academic Honor Award. At SIUC, he plans to major in industrial technology.

Couch is the son of St. Francisville residents Dennis Couch Sr. and Jane Couch.

Strengthening the undergraduate scholarship program is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.