July 25, 2006

Thurow wins $1,000 scholarship from SIUC

by K.C. Jaehnig

  CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Monticello resident Heather Thurow (618 E. Lincoln), a graduate of Parkland 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, Thurow made the dean's list every semester and joined the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. She served as president of Parkland's Agriculture Club her first year and as vice president of Illinois Post-secondary Agriculture Students her second year. At SIUC, she plans to major in plant and soil science.

Thurow is the daughter of Larry and Cathy Thurow.

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.