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Crain Awarded Centennial Honors Scholarship

November 21, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Sherrard High School Senior Elizabeth Crain, of Viola, IL, has been selected for Western Illinois University's Centennial Honors Scholarship, which covers four years of tuition, fees and a residence hall room at the school.

High school students with an ACT score of 32 or higher and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible for the scholarship.

Crain said she will likely major in zoology at Western.

"My visit to Western was the deciding factor for me, especially meeting students and staff and seeing what Western had to offer," Crain said. "Scholarships, location, the quality of learning and student life were all (deciding) factors."

At Western, Crain said she hopes to participate student clubs and band activities.

In high school, Crain participated in the marching, pep and symphonic bands, served as a coach for a junior high scholastic bowl team and participated in the America Red Cross Club and the SCEC.

After graduation from WIU, Crain plans to move on to graduate school and hopes to eventually have a career working with or researching animals.

For more information about the Centennial Honors Scholarship, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (309) 298-3100, or email Additional scholarship opportunities can be found by visiting

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