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National Merit Scholar semis

Two Macon County students are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program, the goal of which is to recognize and honor the academically talented students across the United States.

Charles Blackburn of St. Teresa High School and Bailey Davis of Mount Zion High School qualified to continue in the competition for one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be awarded in the spring.

South Shores School shade

DECATUR — South Shores School received an American Academy of Dermatology Adopt-a-Shade Grant, and the permanent shade structure was installed on the playground Thursday.

Dermatologist Dr. Francis Lee, who donated the shade structure, attended the dedication.

Warrensburg, Meridian grants

SPRINGFIELD — Sheila Rappe of Meridian High School, and Kristina Valentine of Warrensburg-Latham Middle School have received Excellence in Education Grants for Teachers from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation.

Rappe's grant was for $285.30 to support lab activities in the area of genetics and DNA. Valentine's grant of $450 will allow her to teach about food safety and proper food handling.

EIU program lowers tuition

CHARLESTON — A new financial aid program at Eastern Illinois University will reduce and in some cases, completely offset, tuition and fee costs for qualified Illinois students who enroll there.

The merit-based grant program, AIM HIGH, will use a trio of funding mechanisms unique to Eastern.

EIU Promise, will offset the remaining balance of a students tuition and fee costs for families with an income of $61,000 or less.

EIU Cost Match, matching out of pocket cost of attendance of any public university in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin for Illinois students who submit their financial aid award letters from qualifying institutions in those states.

EIU Merit Scholarship Bonus, which will award qualified Illinois students at least $2,500 each year through the university's renewable scholarship bonus.

For more information, visit eiu.edu/aimhigh.

Strauss lecture is Oct. 9-10

LINCOLN — The 2018 James D. Strauss Worldview Lectureship will be Oct. 9 and 10 at Lincoln Christian University. All lectureships are free and open to the public.

The schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 9: “Mission and Spirituality in the Gospel of John,” 9:30 a.m. Earl C. Hargrove Chapel; Q&A session, noon, Restoration Dining Hall; “Mission and Peacemaking in the Letters of Paul,” 7 p.m. Restoration Hall.

The schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 10: “Mission and Worship in the Book of Revelation,” 9:30 a.m., Restoration Hall.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois has created the first STEM Advisory Council to provide troops with stronger programming in science, technology, engineering and math.

Women from companies including Caterpillar Inc., State Farm, Ameren and the Society of Women Engineers-Central Illinois make up the council with the goal of raising the level of STEM programming within local Girl Scout chapters.

The goal is to expose girls to STEM careers and skills at young ages in the hopes that they will have the interest and confidence to pursue careers in those fields.

Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter

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