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January 30, 2020

Top students nationwide to visit SIU for scholarship interviews Feb. 7-8

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Nearly 260 high-achieving students and their family members will be at Southern Illinois University Carbondale to participate in the Chancellor’s and University Excellence Scholarship Interview Weekend.

There are 257 students who will be on campus Feb. 7-8 while another 10 students have interviews scheduled on alternative dates, according to Jennifer DeHaemers, associate provost for enrollment management.

While on campus students will interview for the university’s top scholarships, tour campus, visit colleges, and learn about the University Honors program, student life and more. About 60 of the students will stay overnight in campus residence halls.

“Selecting a college is an important, life-changing decision. This is a special weekend where we show what makes our university and the region special,” said Chancellor John M. Dunn. “These students and families will learn about our quality academic programs and committed faculty and staff. The students will learn that there is no greater opportunity for their future than by becoming a Saluki.”

More than 630 visitors from 21 states

The students and families, together totaling more than 630 visitors to Carbondale and the campus, are coming from 21 states. All of the students are already admitted to the university.

More than 300 students invited

Overall, 303 students were invited to the interview weekend based on their ACT and SAT scores, academic credentials and high school activities.

SIU will award 25 Chancellor’s Scholarships, which cover tuition, fees and room and board for four years, and a larger number of University Excellence Scholarships, which is a $9,500 award per year for four years. The Chancellor’s Scholarships each have a value of more than $102,000.

On March 23, the university will host at least 50 students who will be interviewing for a Provost Scholarship. SIU will award 10 Provost Scholarships, which covers tuition and fees for two years for transfer students and a larger number of Transfer Achievement Scholarships, which are valued at $8,000 a year for two years.