July 25, 2006

DeWeese wins $1,000 scholarship from SIUC

by K.C. Jaehnig

  CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Olney resident Brandon DeWeese (412 Lee Ave.), a graduate of Olney Central 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, DeWeese earned President's Honors during fall 2004 and Chief Executive Officer's Honors during fall 2005. At SIUC, he plans to major in criminal justice.

DeWeese is the son of Marco and Shari DeWeese.

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.