Monday, March 16, 2020

Cynthia Santizo of Chicago awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Cynthia Santizo of Chicago, a senior at Disney II Magnet High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for Fall Semester 2020 and awarded a $10,000 Lincoln Merit Scholarship for tuition over four years. At UIS, she plans to major in psychology.

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.

At Disney II Magnet High School, she is a member of the soccer, tennis and volleyball teams. She is also a senior advisor on the student council and a member of the Spanish Club.

“I chose UIS because it’s a great school that actually considers a student’s grades over the four years and my GPA as well,” she said. “In addition, this school is great and has awesome opportunities overall.”

Following graduation from UIS, she plans to continue studying and find an internship at a clinic or elsewhere to gain experience.

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 18-20 on their ACT or a minimum 940 SAT score 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 For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit

Students may apply for admission to UIS free of charge for the summer and fall 2020 terms. Apply online at

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