Thursday, November 14, 2019

Zoie Bowman of Decatur receives a $10,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Zoie Bowman of Decatur, a senior at Meridian 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. She will be playing on the UIS Prairie Stars softball team and majoring in exercise science.

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.

“I am choosing UIS because I love the campus and all the school has to offer,” she said. “Also, I am choosing UIS because it is close to home and is allowing me to continue my softball career.”

At Meridian High School, Bowman plays softball and volleyball. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Entrepreneurship Club.

Following graduation from UIS, she would like to move somewhere warm and become a physical therapist assistant.

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 spring, summer and fall 2020 terms. Apply online at

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