NIU awards scholarship to local resident

Marissa Devlieger, from Pecatonica (Pecatonica High School), has been named a scholarship recipient at Northern Illinois University (NIU). The undecided major has received the prestigious University Scholars Award full tuition, fees, on-campus room and board in the brand-new residence hall for four years. Estimated value is $23,500 per year.

Devlieger will begin classes in August and said: “I am very excited to attend NIU this fall. While searching for the right college, I found Northern to be the best choice for me. It is close to home, but will still allow me to have the independence that accompanies college life.”

NIU is committed to making the university a top choice for high-performing students who desire an engaged learning experience. As a priority of its Vision 2020 Initiative, NIU set a goal to double its spending on merit-based scholarships to attract top students from across the state and beyond.

NIU President John Peters said: “Nearly 1,700 new students enrolled this past fall with an NIU merit-based scholarship. That’s an increase of 35 percent over the year before. We congratulate Marissa and the rest of this year’s scholarship recipients and look forward to providing you with a world-class, enriched learning experience.”

Devlieger added: “I am anxious to live on campus and to begin studying speech pathology. I am looking forward to being involved in campus activities. It has been an honor and a blessing to have received this award.”

From the May 30-June 5, 2012, issue

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