A group of students and their families smile with Chancellor Austin Lane, and Brown Dawg, after receiving Chancellor's Scholarships to SIU.

Chancellor’s Scholars recipients from Carbondale Community High School celebrate the news of their awards with family members and SIU officials, including Chancellor Austin A. Lane, and Brown Dawg. 

February 05, 2024

SIU Carbondale awards full-ride Chancellor’s Scholarships to 37 high achieving students

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The academic excellence of 37 high achieving high school seniors – including 16 students from the Southern Illinois region – are receiving Southern Illinois University Carbondale 2024 Chancellor’s Scholarships, which cover tuition, mandatory fees, on-campus housing and food for four years.

Today (Feb. 5), Chancellor Austin A. Lane and other university officials paid surprise visits to present the scholarships and congratulate the 16 students from 11 area high schools.

“Chancellor’s Scholars exemplify what it means to be Salukis,” Lane said. “They imagine bold goals and then strive to make them a reality. I am excited to personally congratulate these bright, hard-working students in our own backyard on receiving SIU Carbondale’s highest honor for freshmen.”

Lane presented scholarships to students in Carbondale, Carterville, Herrin, Johnston City, Marion and Murphysboro. Other scholarship recipients in Southern Illinois received surprise personal visits from university officials and Brown Dawg.

The remaining 21 scholarship recipients learned of their awards during a Zoom session today.

There were 640 high school students who competed in the selection process. Selected students demonstrate high academic achievement, have a strong record of leadership in their communities and participate in numerous extracurricular activities. As in prior years, scholarship recipients are from throughout Illinois and the United States.

The award is renewable for three years, contingent upon the students maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Students from Southern Illinois who received Chancellor’s Scholarships include:

  • Anna: Eric Chen, Anna-Jonesboro Community High School.
  • Carbondale: Clark Anderson, Carbondale Community High School.
  • Carbondale: Eli Collinsworth, Carbondale Community High School.
  • Carbondale: Jordan Grubbs, Carbondale Community High School.
  • Carbondale: Jocelyn Lin, Carbondale Community High School.
  • Carterville: Jada Outland, Carterville High School.
  • Cobden: Tess Brummer, Cobden High School.
  • Du Quoin: Claire Rose, Du Quoin High School.
  • Energy: Piper Price, Herrin High School.
  • Herrin: Elizabeth Brandon, Herrin High School.
  • Johnston City: Ava Anderson, Johnston City High School.
  • Marion: Isabella Mings, Marion High School.
  • Marion: Alexis Ucci, Marion High School.
  • Metropolis: Eli Dunn, Metropolis High School.
  • Murphysboro: Avery Guthman, Murphysboro High School.
  • Pinckneyville: Norah Hagene, Pinckneyville Community High School.

Other students to earn Chancellor’s Scholarships include:


  • Aurora: Anna Tran, Oswego East High School.
  • Blue Island: Adrianna Torres, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School.
  • Champaign: Savindi Devmal, University Laboratory High School.
  • Chicago: Gabrielle Acosta, Nazareth Academy.
  • Chicago: Kemariah Gladney, Perspectives Charter School-Rodney D Joslin campus.
  • Chicago: Jaelya Jones, George Westinghouse High School.
  • Chicago: Nykhia Jones, Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts.
  • Chicago Heights: Gomez Nestor, Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School.
  • Crest Hill: Chase Manegold, Lockport Township High School.
  • East St. Louis: Ahmaya Mazyun, Cahokia High School.
  • Joliet: Sebastian Gonzalez, Minooka Community High School.
  • Monne: Evelyn Espinoza, Crete-Monee High School.
  • Madison: Quinntasia Bush, Madison Senior High School.
  • O’Fallon: Camden Kimmel, O’Fallon Township High School.
  • Waterloo: Ethan Schimpf, Waterloo High School.
  • Westmont: Evalise Papish, Westmont High School.


  • Chandler: Megan Peak, Boonville High School.
  • Evansville: Sydney Gist, Benjamin Bosse High School.


  • West Bath: Delaney Crews, Morse High School.


  • Louis: Kennedy Jones, McCluer South-Berkeley High School.


  • Vonore: Keira Corcoran Central Bucks High School East (Pennsylvania).

SIU Carbondale offers various scholarships to high school seniors and transfer students. For more information on the university’s scholarships and financial aid, contact Amber Rivers, associate director of scholarships in the Financial Aid Office, at scholarships@siu.edu or 618-453-4628.