July 10, 2007

McGuire, Pulley win Chancellor Scholarships

by Andrea Hahn


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CARBONDALE, Ill. — Two students planning to begin their college careers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this fall are the newest Chancellor Scholars.

Mallory McGuire of Pittsburg, and Lucas Pulley of Gibson, are recipients of the Chancellor's Scholarship, which cover tuition and fees for the 2007-2008 academic year. They are renewable for a total of four years if the students maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

The minimum requirements for the scholarship are a score of 29 on the ACT or 1300 on the SAT and a class standing in the 90th percentile. Successful applicants also show a strong background in school and community activities.

McGuire, a graduate of Crab Orchard High School, is the daughter of Joel and Pam McGuire of Pittsburg. McGuire was a Top Six Award Winner both her junior and senior years. She also won a Principal's Achievement Award. She participated in several extracurricular activities, including dance, Scholar Bowl, Math Team, Engineering Team, Business Team and the yearbook staff. McGuire was an outstanding high school volleyball player, winning most-valuable player and "top hitter" awards, among others. She was the 2007 prom queen for her high school. She plans to major in electrical engineering.

Pulley, a graduate of Gibson City Melvin Sibley High School, is the son of Brian and Ginney Pulley of Gibson City. He was named student of the year in business, social science and English and overall student of the year. Pulley was a Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Ambassador, Illinois State Scholar, National Coca Cola Foundation Scholar, Illinois Valley Cellular Award winner, and Amvets Illinois Service Foundation Award winner. In 2006, he was named the Gibson City Junior Citizen of the Year. His civic involvement includes the 2006 Project Ignition National Championship team and speaking engagements at the Illinois High School and College Drivers Education Association Annual Conference, National Youth Learning Council Service Learning Conference, NSSA Youth Conference, IDEA Conference, Annual Illinois Traffic Engineering and Safety Conference, Illinois State School Board convention and the Chicago Tribune Town Meeting on Teen Driving 2006, at which he was the keynote speaker. Pulley was also a Farm Safety 4 Just Kids ATV Public Service Announcement grand prize winner and a University of Illinois Drug Free Kids Essay grand prize winner. He won numerous awards in soccer, wrestling and pole vaulting. He also holds valedictorian and engineering scholarships from SIUC. Pulley plans to major in industrial design.