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June 21, 2024

Announcing awardees for the 2024 Del Willison Scholarship

Pictured L-R: Row one, Slater Trier, Peyton Gill; Row two, Ella Conyers, Ashlee Higginbotham

(MATTOON, Illinois – June 14, 2024) Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is pleased to announce awardees for the  Del Willison Scholarship. This scholarship is open for current seniors and graduates of Mattoon High School pursuing higher education.

The awardees are as follows:

  • Ella Conyers is a 2024 graduate pursuing a degree at Elmhurst University in business.
  • Peyton Gill is a 2020 graduate pursuing a physical therapy master’s degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
  • Ashlee Higginbotham is a 2023 graduate pursuing an auto technician degree from Parkland College.
  • Slater Trier is a 2024 graduate pursuing an engineering degree from the University of Tennessee.

Delbert Willison was involved in the Mattoon School district from 1964 – 2019 in various ways and numerous associations.  He taught high school, was an adjunct professor at EIU and assisted in writing and administering an alternative education program for certifying teachers. The Del Willison Scholarship honors his legacy in Mattoon, Illinois.

The Del Willison Scholarship, a Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation fund, provides financial assistance for Mattoon High School seniors pursuing higher education.  Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation manages more than 200 funds for the immediate and long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois. For more information, contact Alex Pleasant, President/CEO of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, at 217.342.4988 or

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