"We're pleased to honor this year's Illinois State Scholars," said
Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director. "Not only do they represent
the best in educational excellence in Illinois, they also are key to
the state's future economic well-being. The commission applauds
their success and salutes their families and teachers."
prestigious award, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance
Commission, recognized 18,863 high school students from across the
state this year. Since 1979, over 582,000 Illinois students have
been honored as State Scholars.
Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 percent of high
school seniors from 749 high schools across the state. Selection is
based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, or class
rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors
work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners.
While the prestigious recognition does not include a monetary
award, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications
for college admission and scholarships, in addition to completing
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA, after Jan.
1 to determine eligibility for federal and state aid, including
Illinois' $371 million need-based Monetary Award Program, or MAP.
"With competition for college admission and financial aid getting
tougher, these Illinois State Scholars have shown that they take
their education seriously and can succeed," Zarnikow said.
Among the many recipients are 25 local students from three Logan
County high schools. They are:
From Hartsburg-Emden High School:
From Lincoln Community High
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From Mount Pulaski High School:
A complete list of Illinois State Scholars, sortable by county
and high school, is located at the ISAC website,
Originally formed as the Illinois State Scholarship Commission in
1957, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides students
of all ages and backgrounds with the resources and support to help
obtain financial aid for higher education. ISAC has paved the path
to postsecondary education with innovative programs for over 50
years. The commission continued its mission to make college
accessible and affordable for Illinois students by administering
over 182,000 grants and scholarships totaling over $417 million in
fiscal 2011 alone.
The commission provides educational funding via numerous
programs, such as the Monetary Award Program, the Illinois Veteran
Grant and the College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program. Students
and families have free access to a wealth of financial aid and
college planning information at ISAC's family of websites available
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