Watson Family Scholarship


Established in 2001, this scholarship serves as a memorial for Charleston residents Dallas and Hazel Watson, and their son, Leland. It recognizes the Watson family's lifetime interests and careers in business (Dallas), Republican politics at the local, state, and national levels (Hazel) and theatrical lighting including technical lighting for forty-two Broadway productions (Leland). It is intended to help qualified students pursue an education which will lead them into productive careers. It is the hope of the donors that each recipient will, during his or her career, make contributions to the community in which they live and that they will work toward being an active member of the community. The scholarship shall rotate annually between the areas of Business (FY 14, FY 17), Theatre (FY 13, FY 16), and Political Science (FY 12, FY 15) respectively. The recipient must be a full-time or part-time undergraduate student currently accepted and enrolled at Eastern Illinois University for a minimum of 6 semester hours of instruction. The recipient must major in one of the following areas: pre-business or business, political science, or theatre with preference given to theatrical lighting. The recipient must have an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The recipient must display a need for financial aid. The recipient must demonstrate a high quality of character as demonstrated through academic (e.g. student academic organizations) or community activities. The recipient must submit a one-page personal letter setting forth the reason for applying and stating future goals. The recipient must be a resident of Illinois with priority given to a resident of Coles County. If no applicant from Coles County should exist, then selection can be based upon state-wide residency. The recipient may be eligible to apply for, and receive, the award one additional time provided he/she continues to meet the stated criteria. The minimum award shall be $500 with multiple awards given as funding allows. The award shall be announced in the Fall and paid in the Fall to Eastern Illinois University to be first applied against costs (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) associated with the recipient attending Eastern Illinois University. Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient.

Major(s): Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Political Science, Theatre Arts
Year in School: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
County(s): Coles
Renewable: Yes
Semester Awarded: Fall
When to Apply: Fall , Spring
Deadline: March 1, 2017-School of Business
Contact: Chair, Theatre Arts Department - 217-581-3121 -- Department of Political Science - 217-581-2523 -- Melissa Gordon, School of Business - 217-581-6110