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Ezife Awarded President's Scholarship

February 7, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – Hillcrest High School senior Erika Ezife, of Country Club Hills, IL, has been awarded a Western Illinois University President's Scholarship, which is a full-ride scholarship in conjunction with the $10,000 Western Commitment Scholarship. Together these scholarships covers four years of tuition, fees, a doubles dorm room and standard board for 8 semesters.

"I selected Western because of it's opportunities in Computer Science," said Ezife. "There's a lot of course options I'm interested in and strong faculty support."

At Western, Ezife is looking forward to being a part of the Computer Science Association, the Centennial Honors College, and the EDGE student publication.

In high school, Ezife was the graphic design specialist for the school newspaper, co-president of writing club, public relations director of the military education club, a writing center tutor, and also had an internship with a start-up company.

To qualify for the WIU President's Scholarship, students must have a minimum ACT score of 30 and been awarded WIU's Centennial Commitment Scholarship. The scholarship decision is also weighted by the proof of volunteer and community service.

For more information on the fund, visit Additional scholarship opportunities can be found by visiting

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Office of University Relations