Paris Somerville, James R. Anderson Housing Scholarship recipient.

EDWARDSVILLE – Paris Somerville, Evergreen Hall resident at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023-2024 James R. Anderson Housing Scholarship. The scholarship is given annually to an academically motivated student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who has demonstrated civic leadership in community service and housing activities.

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“I would like to thank SIUE for giving me this scholarship to assist me in pursuing my academic goals and education,” said Somerville. “I am very grateful for this offer to receive a scholarship.”

The Chicago native will be graduating in May 2024 with a degree in computer science and mathematics. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in computer science or management information systems upon graduation and hopes to secure a job as a software engineer or in the information technology field.

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Somerville has stayed involved on campus as a student-athlete on the Women’s Track and Field team.

The James R. Anderson Housing Scholarship Award was created in memory of James R. Anderson, a former associate director of University Housing at SIUE. Recipients are granted $1,000 per semester.

For more information regarding the James R. Anderson Housing Scholarship, contact Mallory Sidarous, Director of University Housing at (618) 650-4630 or

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high-quality education that powerfully transforms the lives of all individuals who seek something greater. A premier metropolitan university, SIUE is creating social and economic mobility for individuals while also powering the workforce of the future. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 12,500.

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