The prestigious award, given annually by the Illinois Student
Assistance Commission, recognized 18,863 high school students from
across the state as this year's State Scholars. 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 and Prairie State Achievement Exam scores and
class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance
counselors work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners.
The LCHS students earning this
"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 the teachers
at Lincoln Community High School on this achievement."
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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 after Jan. 1 to
determine eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois'
$387 million need-based Monetary Award Program.
"Each of the 17 LCHS students should take pride in their
accomplishment and what it says about their commitment to academic
attainment," Zarnikow concluded.
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.
A state agency, 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 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 at
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