SIU Carbondale Provost Scholarship recipients – Meera Komarraju, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, center, stands with eight of 10 Provost Scholarship recipients for 2019-2020. Each scholarship covers tuition and fees for two years. (Photo by Russell Bailey)
September 09, 2019
SIU Carbondale awards 10 Provost Scholarships for 2019-20
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Outstanding efforts in the classroom, leadership and community service are among the qualities of the 10 students chosen as 2019-20 Provost Scholars at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
The scholarship is a significant achievement for students as it covers tuition and fees for two years. The 10 recipients were among 63 who participated during the Provost and Transfer Achievement Scholarship Interview Day this spring.
Students must have a minimum 3.5 transfer GPA and the evaluations are based on students’ leadership, community service and interview. Each student earned an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited community college.
Anne Preston, Richland Community College, is the daughter of Joy Rexshell of Clinton and Chris Preston of Decatur. An honors student, she was a Scherer Honors Scholarship recipient at the college and the commencement student speaker. She coached volleyball for an intramural sports program and was a marketing department intern. She is majoring in marketing.
Sydney Phillips, John A. Logan College, is the daughter of Crystal Phillips of Carbondale. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and earned the college’s Student Ambassador’s Scholarship and Foundation Academic Scholarship. She is also a member of the Vine Church small groups. She is majoring in health care management.
Charlotte Chrislyn Lewis, John A. Logan College, is the daughter of Debbie and Ashley Lewis. She earned the college’s President List honors several semesters and was a Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team nominee in November 2018. She was a Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team Award recipient in April 2019 and chosen the honor society’s outstanding chapter officer team Illinois region in 2017-18. She was a member of the John A. Logan College student senate and officer with the Upilson Pi chapter. She has been the Liberty Church youth band and vacation bible school music leader for three years. She is majoring in information systems technologies and music.
Elizabeth Bland, Lincoln Land Community College, is the daughter of Julie and Steve Bland. Selected the college’s Honors Program outstanding graduate, she earned President List honors, an American FFA Degree and was selected the top student in the college’s Agriculture Transfer Program for 2017-18. She was a member of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Agriculture Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau and a Life Change 180 student mentor. She is majoring in crop, soil, and environmental management.
Micaylen Wolf, Southeastern Illinois College, is the daughter of Melinda and Robert Wolf. A member of the college’s President’s List and Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Wolf was a Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic team selection for 2018-19. Wolf was involved in many college activities and honor societies, including president of Circle K; vice president of Phi Theta Kappa Mu Psi chapter, and the college’s student government. She earned the Harrisburg Kiwanis Scholarship and the college’s Sam Porter Chemistry Award. She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross and Heaven’s Kitchen. She is majoring in physiology (pre-medicine).
April Robinson-Kain, John A. Logan College, is the mother of Tabatha Bourgoin of Johnston City and Joshua Kain of Herrin. A presidential scholar, she was a member of the All-Illinois Academic Team and earned the president’s award for distinguished service. She was selected a leader of distinction for 2018-19 and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She is a Sunday School teacher and Cub Scout den leader. She is majoring in history education.
Nick McAlister, South Suburban College, is the son of Catie and Terry McAlister. An Academic All-American in 2018 and 2019, he earned dean’s list honors several semesters and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while in college. McAlister played baseball for South Suburban College. McAlister also earned several academic honors while at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. He is majoring in advertising with a minor in creative writing.
Garrett Williams, Wabash Valley College, is the son of Tammy and Daniel Williams. He is an American FFA Degree recipient; State FFA Agriscience Plant Systems Proficiency Award winner and a National Professional Agriculture Student (PAS) Employment Interview contest runner-up in the fertilizer and agriculture chemical category. His other awards include the 4-H Club Leadership, Citizenship, and Professionalism Award and the Illinois 4-H Club Emerald Leadership Award. Williams is involved in Collegiate Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau Young Leaders and is a 4-H Club Leaders and Illinois State 4-H Livestock ambassador. Williams is majoring in crop, soil, and environmental management.
Michalah Troutt, John A. Logan College, is the daughter of Daralyn and William Troutt. A member of Phi Theta Cappa from 2017-19, Troutt received the Charles Jurjevich Spirit Award the past two years, and received an Outstanding American Historian Award in 2017. She was a member of her high school’s National Honor Society from 2015-17 and was Frankfort Community High School 2016 Homecoming Queen. She is a member of the Southern Illinois University Symphonic Band; Artstarts; the Marching Salukis, Saluki Pep Band, Saluki Volleyball band and John A. Logan Summer Band. She is majoring in music education.
Kelly McCulloch-Beatty, Community College of Beaver County, is the daughter of Mary Ann McCulloch-Beatty and Richard D. Beatty. A member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, McCulloch-Beatty earned President’s List and Dean’s List honors and she received earned an “Outstanding Young Citizen Elite Top 100 Award.” She is a private pilot, and was a cheerleader, participated in cross-country and was an ocean lifeguard for four years in New Jersey. McCulloch-Beatty is majoring in aviation management and flight.