Friday, December 4, 2020

Jacob Hanna of Wichita, Kansas awarded a $34,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Jacob Hanna of Wichita, Kansas, a senior at Maize High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for Fall Semester 2021 and awarded a $34,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship.

The scholarship can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At Maize High School, he’s part of the basketball, football and track teams. He’s also a peer helper and a member of the student council, Climate Club and National Honor Society.

“When I visited the campus, it felt like home,” Hanna said. “As well as the strong sense of community support I felt, UIS seemed like a place where I could really succeed.”

Following graduation from UIS, he plans to use his biology degree to work for the government, possibly for the United States Geological Survey.

Capital Scholars Honors Program scholarships are competitive and are based on high school GPA. UIS is not requiring students to submit ACT/SAT scores for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each 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 at Contact the UIS Office of Admission at or 217-206-4847 with questions.

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