Monday, May 29, 2023

Vienna students named Illinois State Scholars

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, ISAC, has announced the names of the 2017-18 Illinois State Scholars.

This year’s recipients join the ranks of other exceptional Illinois high school students honored with this prestigious designation.

Three students from Vienna High School were named Illinois State Scholars.

They are Sydney Charles, Alena Cowsert,  Remington Fisher, Catilyne Green,  Makayla Holder, Rachel Kindhart, Hannah Loyd, Abigail McCall, Tia McLaughlin, Abigail Montgomery, Emily Scruggs, Rian Shaneyfelt, Mckenzie Smith and Chloe Wright.

First introduced in 1958, Illinois State Scholars are recognized for their superior academic achievement.

State Scholars rank in approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state.

Honorees are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.

“I applaud all of the 2017-18 state scholars for their hard work and outstanding academic performance,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director, in a news release.

“Students have a lot to contend with as they move through high school—from increased testing to extracurricular activities to highly competitive college admissions. Kudos to these students and also to the teachers, parents, coaches and other mentors who contributed to their success and helped them navigate a path towards college and career success.”

While this recognition does not include a monetary prize, congratulatory letters from ISAC have been sent to honorees, and the agency has provided personalized Certificates of Achievement to each high school for distribution.

A list of current Illinois State Scholars can also be found on ISAC’s website.

ISAC encourages students interested in attending college next fall to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, as soon as possible to determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid.

This year marks the first year of “early FAFSA”—allowing students to file their 2017-18 FAFSA beginning on Oct. 1, 2016, rather than having to wait until Jan. 1, 2017, as in previous years.

ISAC offers free financial aid and college access events to assist students and families with the college-going process.

Students can also visit the ISAC Student Portal for college planning, financial aid and financial literacy information and free tools, as well as information on how to contact the ISACorps, a group of recent college graduates who act as near-peer mentors, for one-on-one assistance and mentoring.

Students can also get answers to their college-going and financial aid questions sent directly to their phones by signing up for ISAC College Q&A, ISAC’s free text messaging service.

Visit the ISAC Student Portal for more information at