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Lin Stults, left, and her sister, Diane Hammon.
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McDonough County Summer Music Institute Scholarship

March 10, 2015

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MACOMB, IL -- Lin Stults is a familiar face around Macomb and Western Illinois University. The recipient of the 2010 Town & Gown Award for her contributions to the campus and community, Lin has long been involved with and provided service to many organizations and initiatives.

As the owner of Engraving by Lin in Macomb, for the past 35 years she has provided trophies, custom ribbons, plaques, nametags and more. In the community, Lin is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Macomb Public Library District and is a member of the Macomb Altrusa Club, the Salvation Army and Macomb Rotary. She has volunteered with the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation and Dickens on the Square.

On campus, Lin is a supporter of Tri States Audio Information Service, Tri States Public Radio and Intercollegiate Athletics. Recently, she established the McDonough County Summer Music Institute Scholarship to provide financial assistance for deserving students to attend WIU's Summer Music Institute.

"Music has always been a large part of my life and I simply want to assist area school students who want to enhance their talents through the Summer Music Institute," said Lin. "I grew up with band, orchestra and chorus at Western High School and just feel this is something important to do."

The scholarship was created in memory of Lin's nephew, Austin Stults, who was killed in an auto accident in 2013. Austin was a music lover and played in a band. Lin also credits her son, Ted Renner, as an inspiration for the award. Renner is a popular local musician and co-founder of the rock group Hong Kong Sleepover.

"We are very blessed to have Western Illinois University in our community and the availability of the Summer Music Institute," Lin added.

Her scholarship will help McDonough County students attend the Summer Music Institute as a commuter or resident, to study instrument or voice.

The scholarship is structured to help as many students as possible, regardless of means or musical interest. It will be administered by the Summer Music Institute staff. For details or applications, contact

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