North Central College - Naperville, IL

Naperville Garden Club awards scholarship to biology major

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

May 6, 2010--North Central College junior Shanon Hankin is receiving the Marie Mackenzie and Mary M. Quilty Memorial Scholarship from the Naperville Garden Club for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The scholarship assists an academically well-qualified student who is majoring in biology. In addition to her major in biology, Hankin carries a double minor in chemistry and environmental studies.

A Naperville resident and graduate of Naperville North High School, Hankin was selected by the College's biology faculty to receive the $2,000 award. During the previous academic year, 2009-2010, she received a $1,000 scholarship, also from the Naperville Garden Club.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in Naperville, Ill., North Central is recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, which cites it as one of the top six schools in the Midwest for "Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching"; as "a college for high-achieving students" by Peterson's Competitive Colleges; and as one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes.

Photo: Hankin giving poster presentation during 2010 National Conferences on Undergraduate Research.