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SOUTH ELGIN – State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) recently honored 50 South Elgin high school students who were named 2021-22 Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Illinois State Scholar winners rank in approximately the top 10% of the state’s high school seniors from 676 high schools in all 102 counties. Selection is based on a combination of standardized test scores and class rank or unweighted GPA at the end of the student’s junior year. ISAC works in conjunction with the students’ high school guidance counselors to determine the winners.

“I want to extend my congratulations to the students in the 25th District who worked tirelessly to earn the prestigious title of Illinois State Scholar,” Villa said. “All of the early mornings and late nights studying paid off—the honor could help these scholars gain admission to the colleges of their choice and secure financial assistance.”

The Scholars from South Elgin include students from South Elgin High School.

Recipients of the award will receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC, and a Certificate of Achievement will be sent to their high school. State Scholars will also receive a digital badge issued by ISAC that can be displayed on online profiles, exhibited on social media, and shared with prospective colleges and employers.

“Our students’ outstanding academic achievement in the midst of a global pandemic is inspiring,” Villa said. “I look forward to keeping up with the future successes of our local scholars.”

More information about the State Scholar program can be found at ISAC’s website.