July 25, 2006

Garrett wins $1,000 scholarship from SIUC

by K.C. Jaehnig

 CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Danville resident Stephanie L. Garrett (416 Swisher Ave.), a graduate of Danville Area Community 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 her college years, Garrett made the president's list and served as a student leader at a national conference on HIV awareness. She also took first place in the adult division of the Vermilion County River Festival's amateur talent contest, produced a local sketch comedy show and performed at various independent theaters. At SIUC, she plans to major in theater.

Garrett is the daughter of Nancy Thompson and Colorado Springs, Colo., resident Laurence Garrett.

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.