April 23, 2013

Ebers earns ‘Service to Southern’ Scholarship

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Steven Ebers is the winner of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s 2013 Service to Southern Scholarship in recognition of his academic excellence and involvement in co-curricular activities.

Ebers, a senior majoring in biological sciences, is the son of Deborah and Richard Davis of Cutler.  Ebers received the award at the 66th annual Theta Xi Variety Show recently.  Since 1948, the annual award is given to a top graduating senior who demonstrates participation, achievement and excellence in service to campus and community programs, fraternal activities and residence hall or living area activities, according to Andy Morgan, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, a unit of Student Life and Intercultural Relations. 

The Service to Southern Scholarship award is $1,000.

During his academic career at SIU, Ebers has been a member of the University Honors Program and also earned a number of honors and awards.  Those include membership in the Golden Key Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, and  Presidential Service Award from the president of the United States. 

Ebers is also the recipient of numerous scholarships, and has been a campus leader in activities, registered student organizations and committees.  Those include the Student Leadership Conference, Pre-Health Professions Association and Social Justice Leadership Institute.  He has served as president of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, secretary for the Inter-fraternity Council and vice president and chairperson of the Student Alumni Council.

Ebers is also committed to volunteer service, logging more than 620 hours of volunteer service at SIU.  His activities include participating in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ‘Up ‘til Dawn,” and other events including “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” “Jackson County Relay for Life,” and serving as a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Ebers has also coached various local youth baseball teams.