October 06, 2010

Lesley Eaves wins pre-med scholarship

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill -- A biological sciences major at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has won a scholarship for pre-med students that is worth $6,000.

Lesley Brooke Eaves, a junior from Jonesboro, won the Dr. David F. and Mary G. Rendleman Pre-Med Scholarship. Eaves, who graduates from SIUC in 2012, will receive $3,000 for the current semester and $3,000 for the spring 2011 semester at SIUC.

Eaves is the daughter of Kimberly and Leonard Goetz of Jonesboro.

Longtime residents of Union County, the Rendlemans established the award to assist talented students from their home county pursue careers in the medical field. It is renewable for up to four consecutive years, as long as the student maintains a B average and continues majoring in pre-med.

Dr. Rendleman graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and SIU before going on to practice general surgery in the area. He is a former member of the SIU Foundation Board of Directors, and both he and his wife are founding members of the SIU President's Council.

Established in 2005, the scholarship goes to a student majoring in pre-medicine who graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Recipients also must demonstrate some degree of financial need and have a letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member or administrator.

The scholarship also gives preference to students who demonstrate a spirit of volunteerism and service. If no students from that high school meet the criteria, officials can award the scholarship to students from other high schools in Union County that meet those criteria.