July 25, 2006

Ochs wins $1,000 scholarship from SIUC

by K.C. Jaehnig

 CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Olney resident Ann M. Ochs (5739 E. Deer Farm Lane), 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 her college years, Ochs made the National Honor Society, received an Illinois State FFA Degree, the Outstanding 4-H Leadership Award and the DeKalb Award. She also served as Ag in the Classroom Coordinator and was active in the college Agriculture Technologies Club, the Richland County Extension Council, FFA and 4-H. At SIUC, she plans to major in agricultural education.

Ochs is the daughter of Elmer and Mary Ochs.

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.

Ann M. Ochs

Ann M. Ochs
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