Exceptional efforts in the classroom and their communities are among the characteristics of each of the 24 graduating high school seniors selected as Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Academic Scholars.
The Chancellor Academic Scholar designation is a major achievement for these students.
The competitive scholarships, the most prestigious and most comprehensive that the university awards each year, cover tuition, fees, and room and board for four years at the university.
Each scholarship is based on information that includes ACT or SAT scores and class rank provided at the time of admission.
Candidates also go through an interview process. The applicants show leadership roles in their community and participate in numerous activities.
Successful applicants will be those viewed as becoming effective leaders who will continue to excel in the classroom along with showing exceptional leadership skills both on campus and throughout the community.
Area students chosen for the honor include:
• Brittany Travis, Cowden-Herrick High School, is the daughter of Rick and Kim Travis.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and student council, and is class vice president.
She is on the honor roll, and participated in WYSE, scholastic bowl, foreign language club, yearbook, volleyball and cheerleading. She plans to major in business.
• Zach Ehrat, Vandalia Community High School, is the son of Todd and Kathy Ehrat.
An Illinois State Scholar and National Honor Society member, he ranks in the top 10 in his graduating class.
He is involved in his school’s scholar bowl, along with math and science clubs. He plans to major in cinema and photography.