CARBONDALE -- Exceptional efforts in the classroom and in their communities helped this year's scholars at Southern Illinois University Carbondale stand out from their peers.
Two Williamson County students made the list.
The Chancellor's Scholarship, SIU's most prestigious freshman award, is a significant achievement for the students as it covers tuition, mandatory fees, room and board for four years. The 28 students who are receiving this year's awards, were selected from a pool of over 500 applicants who competed for this year's award, SIU's largest number of applicants for this award in six years.
The Provost's Scholarship, SIU's most prestigious transfer student award, is a significant achievement for transfer students as it covers tuition and mandatory fees for two years. The seven recipients were among 136 applicants who competed for the scholarship.
The selections were based on students' academic credentials, an essay and a virtual interview. The applicants also have a record of leadership in their communities and participation in numerous extracurricular activities. All scholars are welcomed as members of the Chancellor's Scholars Program, where they participate in campus leadership and service to SIU and the Carbondale community and participate in a variety of enrichment opportunities.
Caden Cockburn is the son of Channa and Travis Cockburn. An Illinois State Scholar and Johnston City High School valedictorian, the May 2021 graduate was president of his high school's National Honor Society, student council and Johnston City chapter of the National FFA Organization. He was a member of Illinois State Sen. Dale Fowler's Youth Advisory Council, Illinois Principal Association student recognition recipient, youth representative to the Nigerian Dairy Goat Association and youth ambassador to the American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association. He is a double major in animal science with a concentration in production, and a second major in agribusiness economics.
Dyson Roye is the son of Amanda and Lance Roye. A May 2021 graduate of Marion High School, Roye was on the school's high honor roll throughout high school and was an all-state selection in pole vault, finishing third in the 2021 Illinois High School Association Class 2A track and field championships. He was a member of the National Art Honors Society, the high school's student council and played soccer and football. He is majoring in mechanical engineering.