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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) recently honored 121 Rockford-area 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’m thrilled for and proud of these Rockford area students for earning this award,” Stadelman said. “Not only have these students performed exceptionally well, they did so during a global pandemic.”

The scholars from the Rockford area include students from six area high schools, including Auburn Senior, Boylan Catholic, Harlem Senior, Jefferson, Rockford Guilford and Rockford Lutheran High schools.

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.

“University and college admissions processes are never easy, one applying for scholarships and financial assistance is competitive,” Stadelman said. “This award can help these students during these processes. Helping them attend the college that’s right for them.”

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