Keith and Carol Sanders Alumni Scholarship
The Keith and Carol Sanders Alumni Scholarship is designed to encourage high-achieving, low-income students from Benton Consolidated High School in Benton, Illinois to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale, especially if they are from an alumni family. If no students from Benton Consolidated High School are eligible, then students from Franklin County, Illinois may be considered.
The qualifications are:
1. Preference shall be given to qualified candidates who are from an alumni family. An alumni family is defined as one in which the candidate has a mother, father, sister, brother, or spouse who has graduated from SIU Carbondale or any other family member provided the applicant has a strong letter of recommendation from the family member who is an alumnus. If there are no candidates from an alumni family, then the scholarship should be awarded to other qualified candidates.
2. The Scholarship will be available to students who graduate from Benton Consolidated High School prior to matriculation at SIUC. If no students from Benton Consolidated HighSchool are eligible, then students from Franklin County, Illinois may be considered.
3. Recipients must be graduating either in the spring or summer of the year in which the scholarship is awarded. The recipient(s) of the scholarship must also be admitted to SIU Carbondale for the summer or fall semester immediately following the granting of the award.
4. The recipient(s) of the scholarship must be considered high achieving and low income. To be considered high achieving, candidates must be in the top 40% of their class. To be considered low income, candidates (whether dependent or independent) must be in the lower 40% (bottom two quintiles) of income, as defined by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
5. The recipient(s) must have strong recommendations from at least three (3)authoritative individuals from B.C.H.S.or if the student is from another high school within Franklin County, the three individuals from the specific high school.
6. Recipients may retain the scholarship for up to two (2) academic years [four (4) consecutive semesters] if they maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average at the conclusion of their first semester and take a full academic load each subsequent semester. The student need not re-apply for the scholarship.