Illinois State University announced 14 students were selected as Robert G. Bone Scholars for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Bone Scholarship, the highest university-wide honor given to undergraduate students, includes a monetary award from the Bone Scholarship endowment. Recipients of the award will be featured in a display at the Bone Student Center. The 14 new Scholars will be introduced to university administrators, the selection committee, and to current and alumni Bone Scholars during a luncheon on September 20.
The scholarship is named in honor of the late Robert G. Bone, president of Illinois State University from 1956-1967. Bone Scholars are selected through a rigorous campus-wide competition based on their scholarly achievements, and their engagement and leadership in activities within the university community and beyond. Invited finalists submit a comprehensive portfolio including several essays and statements, a project, and letters of recommendation. The mean grade point average of this year’s Bone Scholars is 3.96 on a 4.0 scale.
The new Bone Scholars are:
- Andrew Bilgri, a music education major from Quincy
- Jake Breit, a history major from Mokena
- Andrew Brodbeck, a special education major from Canton
- Kathryn Bruce, a history and anthropology major from Bensenville
- Mary Crompton, a biological sciences major from Iowa City, Iowa
- Bethany Ekwonwa, a legal studies and politics and government major from Hoffman Estates
- Jacqueline Epperson, a geology major from Blue Mound
- Jake Gillum, an exercise science major from Metamora
- Kaytlin Halperin, an early childhood education major from Bloomington
- Trevar Moran, an environmental health major from Fairbury
- Lauren Siemer, a music therapy major from Teutopolis
- Emily Swiderski, a nursing major from Arlington Heights
- Nicole Vasquez, a pre-veterinary medicine major from Plainfield
- Brittany Weber, a sustainable and renewable energy major from Saybrook