Illinois Wesleyan University is offering a big incentive for McLean County students to stay close to home in their higher education pursuits: thousands of dollars in scholarships.
The new McLean County Scholarship will guarantee no less than $27,000 in annual scholarships for McLean County students who opt to attend IWU, for a total of $108,000 over a four-year education.
The new effort was announced in a Wednesday press conference by IWU President Eric Jensen.
"Both Illinois Wesleyan and the Associates recognize the importance of recruiting remarkable students with a connection to the local community. We believe the McLean County Scholarship will entice more high-achieving local students to choose Illinois Wesleyan, a national gem right here in their backyard," said Jensen.