Scholarship for SIU Leader's kin raises questions

June 27, 2011

The Associated Press

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SIU President Glenn Poshard's granddaughter is receiving a top scholarship to the university.

Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard's granddaughter is receiving a scholarship worth $80,000 to the school that raises a tricky issue for both he and the university. 

It isn't because Maddie Poshard is an undeserving student but because of who her grandfather is. 

Dan Mann is director of student financial aid at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He told the Chicago Tribune that Glenn Poshard perhaps  shouldn't have allowed his 18-year-old granddaughter to compete for a Presidential/Chancellor Scholarship.

But Mann says SIU also looks hard for top students to enroll.

Maddie Poshard is a top student at Riverton High School near Springfield with a strong ACT score. 

Glenn Poshard said his granddaughter earned the scholarship. 

SIU chancellor Rita Cheng says no one has complained about the scholarship.