Monday, June 15, 2020

Rachel Mellott of Charleston awarded $52,000 in scholarships from the University of Illinois Springfield

Rachel Mellott of Charleston, a May 2020 graduate of Charleston High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield as a public policy major for Fall Semester 2020 and awarded $52,000 in scholarships.

Mellott was awarded a $12,000 Lincoln Merit Scholarship for four years ($3,000 per academic year), which is renewable if the student maintains GPA requirements. She was also awarded a $40,000 Camerata Music Performance Scholarship for four years ($10,000 per academic year), which is renewable if requirements are met.

At Charleston High School, she performed with the choir and was part of the theatre program.

“I am excited to be part of the Camerata Music Program because I was in choir for eight years, and theatre for twelve years,” she said. “This scholarship will make all of the hard work over the last twelve years worth it.”

Following graduation from UIS, she plans to earn a master’s degree.

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 $12,000 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 3.76 or above.

The Camerata Music Performance Scholarship is for non-music majors who wish to perform in UIS Music ensembles. Students must submit a resume and participate in a live performance audition to obtain the scholarship. Camerata students perform in a variety of musical combinations for campus events throughout the academic year.

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 fall 2020 term. Apply online at

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