Canyon Crest Academy graduate wins scholarship


The Illini Club of San Diego County awarded Robert R. Francis, Canyon Crest Academy class of 2015, a $1,500 scholarship for his sophomore year at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. He is the son of Karl Francis and Lorrine Lee.

Francis will enter his second year in the Aerospace Engineering major on the Illinois campus when classes begin Aug. 22.

While earning a grade point of 3.7 his first year, Francis was also active in campus extracurricular activities, including competitive proposal writing for a hypothetical space mission and the Illini Roleplay Society as a gamemaster. This summer Francis has been an intern at Torrey Hills Technologies, San Diego.

According to Illini Club President Jay O’Keefe, “Our scholarship program recognizes and supports San Diego County students like Robert Francis who have achieved academic success and want to pursue their academic goals at the University of Illinois.”

The Illini Club of San Diego County is affiliated with The University of Illinois Alumni Association that represents almost 700,000 alumni throughout the world who attended one of the three campuses in Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign. More than 3,300 University of Illinois alumni reside in San Diego County.