Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Three UIS student-athletes receive Avery Brundage Scholarships

Three students from the University of Illinois Springfield have been awarded Avery Brundage Scholarships for excellence in academics and athletics. Each winner will receive a $2,500 award for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The recipients are Falyn Lockenour of New Berlin, Ill., a psychology major and women’s soccer player; Paige Polonus of Plainfield, Ill., a biology major and women’s soccer player; and Rebbecca Ramirez of Springfield, Ill., a psychology major and member of the women’s golf team.

The Avery Brundage Scholarship Fund Committee, composed of nine representatives from the faculties and student bodies of the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign campuses, selects students from each U of I campus who engage in athletics for personal development, not as preparation for professional sports. In addition, the students must be working toward bachelors, masters or doctoral degrees at the U of I and must be in the upper 25 percent of their undergraduate class or in good academic standing in their graduate program.

The scholarship program was established in 1974 by an endowment from Avery Brundage, University of Illinois alumnus and former president of the International and U.S. Olympic committees.

For more information, contact Tim Gilles, scholarship coordinator for University-wide Student Programs at 217/333-1171.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Former Chatham resident creates UIS Scholarship

Former Chatham resident Melissa Stout recently created the Jane and John Stout Educational Scholarship at the University of Illinois Springfield. The scholarship, named in honor of Melissa Stout's parents, is for graduates of Chatham’s Glenwood High School majoring in history, teaching or agriculture at UIS.

Melissa Stout created the scholarship shortly before she passed away on May 17, 2014. She said at the time, “My parents were giving, serving people. We felt that enabling and motivating students to pursue the same passions in the same community that Jane and John both called home would be a great way to honor their lives in a way that serves others.”

As a member of the first graduating class from Sangamon State University (now UIS), Jane Stout earned a master's degree in Psychology (1972) and another in History (1988). She taught in the Ball-Chatham School District for over 25 years. An expert in local history, several of her published works are available in the Chatham Area Public Library, including Chatham, Prairie Village: 1836-1986. She often had her students research and write about local history.

John Stout graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A World War II veteran, he farmed the family land near Chatham for over 50 years. Because of this, even though UIS does not currently have an agriculture major, the family included agriculture as a possible major for their scholarship recipient.

Like their father, daughters Melissa Stout, Jan Stout Day and Phyllis Stout graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The eldest daughter, Joan Stout Johnson-Blackwell, graduated from Western Illinois University. Many of the Stout grandchildren have gone on to pursue undergraduate and professional degrees as well.

Jan Stout Day, Melissa's sister, described her as "someone who was always concerned for others. She was always trying to make things better for the people around her."

For more information, contact Sarah Jennings, UIS director of corporate and foundation relations at 217/206-6058 or email sjenn02s@uis.edu.