Bethany Ekwonwa, a double major in political science and legal studies and a member of the Honors Program, has been selected as a Bone Scholar for 2020–2021. The Bone Scholarship is the highest award an undergraduate at Illinois State University can receive.

Ekwonwa has stood out in her classes because of her excellent academic skills, her work ethic, and her leadership. In addition to her excellent academic record, Ekwonwa has been very involved on campus and in the community. She has served as vice president of the African Student Union and as secretary of the Black Student Union at ISU. She has also volunteered with “Summer Suppers for the Homeless” and is actively involved in the Black Lives Matter movement in Bloomington-Normal.

In addition to balancing her classes and her campus and community activities, Ekwonwa also works in retail and has held leadership positions in her sales team.