Chancellor Austin A. Lane visits with several of the graduating Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor’s and Provost’s Scholars

Chancellor Austin A. Lane visits with several of the graduating Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor’s and Provost’s Scholars. Commencement exercises were held May 6-7. (Photo by Russell Bailey)

May 09, 2022

Sixteen Chancellor’s and Provost’s Scholars graduate from SIU Carbondale

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — They arrived at Southern Illinois University Carbondale based on their exceptional efforts both in the classroom and their hometowns. Now, 16 high achieving Chancellor’s and Provost’s Scholars are leaving the university with degrees following commencement exercises this past weekend.

The Chancellor’s Scholarship, SIU’s most prestigious freshman award, is a significant achievement for students as it covers tuition, mandatory fees, room and board for four years. The Provost’s Scholarship is the university’s most prestigious transfer student award and covers tuition and mandatory fees for two years.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza sent each of these graduating scholars a letter of recognition for their many accomplishments, said LaShonda Stewart, a professor in the College of Business and Analytics and director of the Chancellor’s Scholars Program.

These accomplished students, listed by hometown, name, degree and high school or community college, are:


  • Bolingbrook: Prem S. Rana, dual bachelor’s degrees in computer science with a specialization in artificial intelligence and robotics, and radio, television and digital media with a specialization in radio and audio production; Bolingbrook High School.
  • Brookfield: Sarah Ann Marie Cada, bachelor’s degree in aviation management and an associate degree in aviation flight, with minors in airport management and planning, and air traffic control; Lyons Township High School.
  • Du Quoin: Morgan R. Winters, bachelor’s degree in English literature; John A. Logan College.
  • Edinburg: Mason Dulakis, bachelor’s degree in chemistry; Edinburg High School.
  • Forest Park: Oliva L. Mallett, bachelor’s degree in accounting; Walther Christian Academy.
  • Goreville: Tanner Dunn, bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice with a minor in political science; Shawnee Community College.
  • Herrin: Nicolas D. Bartelsmeyer, bachelor’s degree in civil engineering; Herrin High School.
  • Marion: Abigail C. Bayer, bachelor’s degree in mathematics education; Marion High School.
  • Orient: Tanner L. Clark, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering; Lake Land College.
  • Pinckneyville: Stephen Wagner, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering; Rend Lake College.
  • Romeoville: Ryan Rubino, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics; Joliet Catholic Academy High School.
  • Stonefort: Jacob E. Rice, bachelor’s degree in biomedical science with a minor in psychology; Southeastern Illinois College.
  • Streamwood: Abigail H. Ramsey, bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminology/criminal justice; St. Francis College Prep.
  • Virden: Cole Kallenbach, bachelor’s degree in biological sciences; North Mac High School.
  • Western Springs: Angelina R. Kapp, bachelor’s degree in aviation technologies, associate degree in aviation flight, with a minor in environmental studies; Lyons Township High School.


  • North Port: Grace J. Lafo, double-major bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and sciences, and linguistics, with minors in American Sign Language and psychology; Pine View School.