Thursday, November 14, 2019

Emma Thomas of Dunlap awarded a $12,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Emma Thomas of Dunlap, a senior at Dunlap High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for fall semester 2020 and awarded a $12,000 Lincoln Merit Scholarship for tuition over four years. She will play on the UIS softball team.

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 Dunlap High School, she plays softball and is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America and the Ronald McDonald House Teen Council.

“I am choosing UIS because I love the atmosphere on campus along with the small class sizes,” she said. “I also love the atmosphere from the softball team and coaches.”

Following graduation from UIS, she plans to secure a job as an educator in a medium sized school district.

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 a 21-23 on their ACT or a minimum 1060 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 spring, summer and fall 2020 terms. Apply online at

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