CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS – Over two dozen students are awarded with surprise admission and
scholarships while visiting Southern Illinois University Carbondale during a field trip in late October.

Of the 33 Rich Township High School students who were in attendance of the field trip, 23 students were immediately accepted to SIU and received scholarship amounts ranging from $1,500 to $5,500. Over $284,000 in scholarships were awarded to students. The remaining 10 students were also offered admission to SIU pending the completion of required documentation.

The accepted students range in a multitude of intended majors including Art, Biology, Journalism, Pre-Medicine and more.

“I am extremely excited to go to school here,” said RTHS student Whitney Hawkins. “After seeing all the resources available here on campus, I know my education will be supported.”
Whitney earned one of the highest scholarship amounts awarded. She will be attending SIU with Pre-Medicine as her intended major.