August 31, 2006

Student from Metropolis wins scholarship

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A student from Southern Illinois is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship to help pay for his studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Officials in the SIUC College of Science awarded Ryan McClellan of Metropolis the Henry & Florence Belle VonHeidecker Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is available during the current fall semester and is renewable in spring if he meets qualifications.

Established in 1985, the scholarship aims specifically at Metropolis students. It alternates annually between SIUC students majoring in biochemistry and those enrolled in the College of Engineering.

While attending Massac County High School, McClellan was a member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and an all-conference quarterback. He was the recipient of the AMVETS Scholarship and graduated with high honors.

He is the son of Brent and Kelly McClellan of Metropolis (5 Hickory Lane).

Promoting excellence in undergraduate academics is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.