Princeton woman receives Steven W. Rigazio Scholarship to Eureka College

Jul 02 2014

Nadia Churchill-Gilstrap

Nadia Churchill-Gilstrap of Princeton has received the full-tuition Steven W. Rigazio Scholarship from Eureka College.

Churchill-Gilstrap will enter Eureka College this fall to major in biology in the pre-medicine program and minor in art. The daughter of Barry Gilstrap and Jenny Churchill, both of Princeton, recently graduated from Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby.

At IVCC she was involved in the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, American Chemical Society, the math club, the student newspaper, the literary journal, student ambassadors, the college Democrats and tutoring students in chemistry, biology and math. She has volunteered with Special Olympics, blood drives, a local animal shelter, a local thrift shop and suicide prevention efforts.

The Steven W. Rigazio Scholarship was established in 2002 and is awarded to one student each year transferring to Eureka College upon graduating from IVCC. It is renewable for a second consecutive year of study at Eureka College. The scholarship honors the memory of the Oglesby native who graduated from IVCC in 1974 and Eureka College in 1976. He was president of Nevada Power Co. He died of ALS in 2001 at age 47.

Criteria for the scholarship include good academic standing, good character, positive attitude, financial need and the recommendation of the president of IVCC. For more information, contact the office of admissions and financial aid at Eureka College at 888-438-7352.