37 CHS seniors were named 2023-2024 Illinois State Scholars

Collinsville High School

Collinsville High School

Collinsville School District

37 members of the Collinsville High School Class of 2023 were recognized as 2023-2024 Illinois State Scholar Finalists.

The ISAC of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission announces the State Scholar finalists each year. The designation is described on their website:
Students from almost every high school in Illinois participate in the program. State scholars can be found on the campuses of nearly 200 public and private Illinois universities. The combination of exemplary results in the university entrance exam and the best high school performance indicates a particularly high potential for success in your studies. The Illinois State Scholar designation is an outstanding achievement that will mark a high point in the recipient’s academic career.

Selection for the award is based on sixth semester ACT/SAT scores and GPA (usually at the end of junior year of high school). Each academic year, about 10% of all Illinois high school graduates are named State Scholars.

To be named an Illinois State Scholar, a student must:

• Must be a US citizen, qualifying non-citizen, or meet the undocumented student criteria of the RISE Act
• Be a resident of Illinois
• Attend an accredited high school
• ACT or SAT between 1.8. and 30.6. complete (by the end of the 3rd semester before the Abitur*)
• Perform in the top half of your high school class* and/or achieve at least the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT by the end of your third pre-graduation semester
• Abitur in the academic year in which you were selected for a state scholarship
Note that meeting the requirements listed above qualifies the student to be considered for this program, but does not guarantee appointment as a State Scholar. A specific scheme for the selection of state scholars is established every year


• Peyton Beetle
• Zachary Blaha
• Isabella brand
• Brandon Campbell
• Breana Campbell-Westbrook
• Gavin Chrisman
• Isabella cotton
•Georgia Cox
• McKayla Despain
• Adam Doebber
• Madeleine Eversmann
• Matthew’s dun
• Olivia Frawley
• Eli Garkie
• Luke Geisen
• Maleah Gilliland
• Jacob Gregory
• Adelyn Johnson
• Aubrey Kohler
• Jared Lundak
• Brandon Malter
• Alicia Markovich
• Elizabeth Martin
• Kathleen Martin
• Eliza Martinez Canseco
• Grace Nagel
• Brandon Nygard
• Cole Patrick
• Joseph Rauk
• Jonathan Sewell
• Jackson Smithe
• Julianna Sotelo
• Samuel Stuckey
• Alicia Swartz
• Andrew Tienes
• Amber Vargas
• Keira Winterich

ISAC is the state agency for college admissions and financial aid. It annually recognizes the academic achievements of outstanding Illinois high school students. This year, more than 16,700 honorees join the other outstanding students who have been honored since the designation was introduced in 1958.

“On behalf of ISAC, congratulations to all of the outstanding students selected as 2023-24* Illinois State Scholars,” said ISAC Executive Director Eric Zarnikow. “Students and families have faced numerous challenges with distance learning over the past two years, alongside other financial and personal hardships. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, these academic achievements are a credit to the hard work and dedication of student grantees and their families, as well as the support of teachers, mentors, advisors, and communities who help students achieve and find their goals Success as they advance in their educational and career paths.”

*Note that the Illinois State Scholar Program announces awardees based on the year they would begin post-secondary education, not the year they graduate from high school.

Illinois State Scholar designation is a non-monetary award. Each State Scholar receives a letter of congratulations and a certificate of achievement from ISAC. In addition, honorees can download an official Illinois State Scholar Program badge to display on their online profiles and social media platforms, and to share with their school advisors, colleges, employers, family members and others.

Students can also use the ISAC Student Portal for free tools and resources to search for colleges and scholarships, explore careers, find internships and summer jobs, apply for ISAC financial aid programs, quick college planning tips, and financial aid from ISAC Get College Minute videos, connect with First Generation Scholars Network mentors, and more. ISAC College’s free Q&A SMS service allows students and families to get answers to their college and financial aid questions directly via SMS from ISAC experts. ISAC also offers free assistance through the agency’s call center, 800-899-4722 (ISAC) and its online chat service.

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