Eureka College has selected six incoming freshmen as Reagan Fellows in the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program.
The award, based on leadership, service and academic excellence, includes a full‐tuition scholarship over four years and global travel and professional mentorship opportunities. The students were selected from 100 semifinalists in a competition held on campus in February.
Nicholas Assise, a son of Ronald and Cheryl Assise of Tinley Park. He attends Victor J. Andrew High School, Tinley Park, where he is a four‐year member of Drama Club and has acted and sung in theater productions. He also is a member of Chess Club, Chorale and National Honor Society. He volunteers at his church. He is undecided about a major.
Nichole Daugherty, a daughter of Michael and Amy Daugherty of Roanoke. She attends Roanoke-Benson High School, Roanoke, where she is president of the Student Council and is a four‐year member of the concert, marching and pep bands; the school newspaper staff; the scholastic bowl team; and the CAPTAINS organization that works to create a drug‐free school. She is a member of National Honor Society, is a tutor and has participated in FFA and the yearbook staff. She volunteers at the Roanoke Public Library, has been president of a 4‐H Club for three years and is a member of her church’s youth group. She plans to major in elementary education.
Riley Francis, a daughter of Michael and Corrine Francis of Deer Grove. She attends Bureau Valley High School, Manlius, where she is an officer in the Advanced Science Club and manages the school’s recycling program. She is a captain of the cross country and track teams, is a teacher’s assistant in a computer skills class and a member of Spanish Club. She is a volunteer at her church, at a not‐for‐profit second-hand store and for the annual United States Postal Service food drive. She plans to major in environmental studies.
Abigail Haynie, a daughter of Shawn and Paula Haynie of Shenandoah, Iowa. She attends Shenandoah High School, where she was president of the freshmen and sophomore classes and the president of Student Council her junior and senior years. She is a member of National Honor Society, American Field Service Club, Rotary Interact Club, Speech Club and musical productions. She is the boys’ track team manager. She is a member of the choir at her church, where she is a deacon. She works at the public library and a restaurant. She plans to major in English with teacher certification.
Newton Holt, a son of Larry and Heather Holt of Groveland. He attends Morton High School, Morton, where he is involved in the theater program, acting in 12 plays and musicals. He also helped organize a student-led theater program in which students write, direct and perform their own plays. He teaches Sunday school, leads a church youth group and taught a Vacation Bible School in Jacmel, Haiti. He volunteers at a mission for women and children. He plans to major in English‐writing.
Emory Tamplin, a daughter of Janice Tamplin of Peoria and Andre Tamplin of Little Rock, Ark. She attends Richwoods High School, Peoria, where she is a captain of the volleyball team and treasurer of Key Club International. She is a member of Rotary Interact Club, the Gay Straight Alliance and the choir. She has volunteered with Special Olympics, volleyball camps for youth, missions projects for low‐income families and organizations for people with mental health issues. She is a member of the youth group and choir at her church. She received the congeniality award in the Miss Illinois Teen USA pageant in 2014. She plans to major in psychology.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome these six Reagan Fellows to this distinguished leadership program,” said Eureka College President J. David Arnold. “All of them have superb records to date in learning, service and leadership. Their futures are bright, and we are delighted that they chose Eureka as their special place to flourish during their college years.”
Besides receiving full tuition, Reagan Fellows participate in workshops and retreats throughout the school year. During the summers of their sophomore and junior years, Reagan Fellows have mentorships with leaders in their field within the United States and abroad. The program provides funding to support travel and living expenses for the mentorships.
The Reagan Leadership Program is in its 32nd year. The program is named for Ronald W. Reagan, 40th president of the United States and a 1932 graduate of Eureka College.