Thursday, August 1, 2019

David Ayala of Bogotá, Colombia awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

David Ayala of Bogotá, Colombia, a recent graduate of Miami Dade Virtual School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for Fall Semester 2019 and awarded a $10,000 Lincoln Merit Scholarship for tuition over four years. At UIS, he will play on the men’s golf team and major in business administration.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

He says he chose UIS because “a friend recommended it and he likes the programs offered.”

Following graduation from UIS, he plans to continue playing golf at the professional level and work in the business field.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $10,000 over four years, students must earn an 18 to a 20 on their ACT or a minimum of 940 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 or above.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit

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