Four students to receive Board of Regents award for academic excellence

By Rich Bruen

The Board of Regents will award four NIU students with a $600 scholarship in recognition of their academic excellence.

The four students to be honored are former Student Association president and political science major Preston Came, Libertyville; computer science major James Huguelet, Romeoville; geography major Mark Stelford, Hampshire and accounting major Kristin Wagner, Rockford.

According to Regents Chancellor Assistant Cheryl Peck, each of the four will receive a certificate honoring him or her as a Regents scholar and a $600 check on Oct. 22 at NIU.

Peck said the scholarship is given out to four individuals from each of the Regents’ three schools—NIU, Illinois State University at Normal and Sangamon State University at Springfield.

The winners are chosen by the scholarship selection board at their respective schools, she said.

According to Joanne Ganshirt, secretary for the NIU University

Scholarship Committee, the selection process is based on a couple of factors.

“We look for a high GPA and involvement in extracurricular and co-curricular activities,” she said.

Ganshirt said students are selected in the spring and must submit a brief letter about themselves and a written recommendation by two individuals on campus, usually faculty, by the first of April.

At that point, she said, a subcommittee selects the top seven applicants.

Those seven are then interviewed by the University Scholarship Committee, which consists of two faculty members from each of the colleges, she said.

Ganshirt said 10 to 11 NIU students applied for the scholarship this year.

The selection was quite an honor for at least one of the winners.

“I’m very honored,” said Preston Came. “It’s one of the highest awards the university gives out.”

The other winners could not be reached for comment.

Ganshirt said students interested in competing for the 1993 Regents scholarship should plan to contact her at the University Honors Program office at the beginning of the spring993 semester.