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Kleinschmidt Awarded Centennial Honors Scholarship

January 28, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – Palatine Township High School senior Megan Kleinschmidt, of Palatine, IL, has been selected for Western Illinois University's Centennial Honors Scholarship, which covers four years of tuition, fees and a residence hall room at the school.

High school students with an ACT score of 32 or higher and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible for the scholarship.

Kleinschmidt said she will likely major in elementary education at Western, with an emphasis in bilingual education/English as a second language.

"I selected Western because of its outstanding education program," Kleinschmidt said. "Students should consider Western because of the good education they offer in fields of study and because of the financial aid they offer. They also provide a welcoming and good learning atmosphere."

At Western, Kleinschmidt hopes to participate in intramural volleyball and soccer, participate in a choir or other vocal ensemble, school musicals and participate in student organizations.

In high school, Kleinschmidt participated in Spotlight Youth Theater, National Honor Society, the Christian group, "Uprising," choir, band, volleyball, the female vocal ensemble "Treble in Paradise" and her school's variety show.

After graduation from WIU, Kleinschmidt hopes to begin working in an elementary school.

For more information about the Centennial Honors Scholarship, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (309) 298-3100, or email Additional scholarship opportunities can be found by visiting

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