Sophie Quackenbush, a Political Science major who is also a Legal Studies and a French minor, was selected as a 2022-2023 Bone Scholar. The Bone Scholarship is the highest award an undergraduate at Illinois State University can receive.

Ms. Quackenbush is a member of the University Honors Program and has been on the Dean’s List every semester since she enrolled at ISU. 

In addition to being an outstanding student, Ms. Quackenbush has also been active in co-curricular activities. On campus, she has served as the Legislative Director of College Democrats of Illinois where she has put her knowledge of political science into practice. She has worked with other stakeholders on campus to advance a legislative agenda that aims to promote social justice. 

Externally, Ms. Quackenbush worked in the Office of the Champaign County Clerk in Urbana. As an Election Department staff member, she managed election materials to be used by the Department’s staff that facilitated fair and just elections. She also served as an election judge. Her involvement in the local community led to her internship at the State Attorney’s Office of McLean County, where she has been able to use her French language skills and serve as an interpreter, in addition to proofreading and compiling search warrants.