Thursday, May 17, 2018

Blake Jones of Lincoln receives a $22,000 UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship

Blake Jones of Lincoln, a senior at Lincoln Community High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $22,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship for tuition over 4 years.

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 Lincoln Community High, he is a member of the cross country, track and soccer teams. He plans to major in criminology and criminal justice at UIS and compete on the UIS Prairie Stars cross country and track and field teams.

“I decided to go to UIS because I wanted to be a part of the up and coming cross country and track and field program, with lots of young talent, and to achieve academic success and obtain a degree in criminal justice,” he said.

Following graduation from UIS, he plans to build a solid resume to eventually work for the FBI specializing in Counterterrorism.

The CAP 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.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $22,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship, the student must earn a 24 to a 26 on their ACT or a minimum of 1160 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

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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