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Monticello College Foundation Grant provides scholarships


The Monticello College Foundation has awarded a $24,500 grant to provide scholarships for seven women to attend Illinois College during the 2013-2014 academic year. The scholarships are known as the Monticello College Foundation Scholarships in memory of Myrtie T. Dixson.

Monticello College was a women’s college located in Godfrey from 1838 to 1970 and had a strong historical relationship with Illinois College. The Rev. Theron Baldwin, one of Illinois College’s founders, was the first principal of the Monticello Female Seminary, as Monticello College was known in its early years.

The Monticello College Foundation was founded in 1970, when the college sold its campus to Lewis and Clark Community College. The Foundation has funded scholarships for 112 Illinois College students since its inception. Current scholarship recipients are senior Jaci Forsythe from Manito, senior Whitney Hedden from Galesburg, sophomore Charlotte Michels from Big Lake, Minn., senior Lisa Miller from Elkhart, sophomore Amber Riley from St. Charles, Mo., first-year student Rebecca Weil from Kingston and senior Rachel Walther from St. Louis.
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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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