July 05, 2007

Two students named Presidential Scholars

by Andrea Hahn


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CARBONDALE, Ill. — Two incoming Southern Illinois University Carbondale freshmen learned recently that they are recipients of Presidential Scholarships.

Kelsey Elizabeth Jarrett of Coulterville and Kristen Woods of Newton won the competitive scholarships by demonstrating leadership and scholarly abilities during their high school careers. Minimum qualifications include an ACT score of 29 or an SAT score of 1300 and a class rank in the 90th percentile.

The scholarships cover tuition, fees, and room and board for four years at SIUC. The scholarships are renewable for four years as long as students maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Jarrett, a graduate of Coulterville High School, is the daughter of Robert and Melissa Jarrett. An Illinois State Scholar, she won an Illinois Principal's Association award and a USAA National Honor Roll Award. Jarrett was a People to People Student Ambassador to England and France in 2005, and in 2006 she was a Youth to Washington participant. A member of student council, Beta Club, Quill and Scroll, band and chorus, she was also president of her senior class. Jarrett was active in her community by volunteering at the local Head Start, the community recycling program, community volunteerism and the Sparta Community Chorus. She plans to major in microbiology.

Woods, a graduate of Newton Community High School, is the daughter of Paul and Laura Woods. She was an Illinois State Scholar and member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. She won a Future Farmers of America scholarship and participated in several 4-H clubs and saddle clubs. She plans to major in plant and soil science.


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