Seplowin Honored With Northrip Endowed Scholarship
Chelsie Seplowin
Chelsie Seplowin

May 24, 2011

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State junior gymnast Chelsie Seplowin was awarded with the 2011-12 Nancy and Robert Northrip Endowed Scholarship Tuesday, which is presented annually to a junior gymnastics student-athlete athlete with at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA).

The scholarship is named after Nancy and Robert Northrip, who are the owners of Ultimate Gymnastics in Chicago. Both have held a lifelong interest in gymnastics and participated in athletics while attending Illinois State. Nancy lettered in gymnastics for the Redbirds and Rob was a Redbird cheerleader. ISU gymnastics head coach Bob Conkling believes Seplowin represents the spirit of the scholarship.

"I am pleased that Chelsie was selected as this year's recipient of the Northrip Endowed Scholarship," Conkling said. "She is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and is a very dedicated student-athlete. I think she has the perfect personality to work in the special education field after graduation and I know she will be an excellent teacher someday. She was a perfect recipient for this scholarship and I can't say enough about the quality person she is."

Seplowin has been a consistent competitor on the uneven bars at Illinois State. The Lake Zurich, Ill., native competed in eight meets for the Redbirds during the 2010-11 season and posted a career-high 9.625 on the uneven bars in a dual meet at home against Denver (Jan. 30). A member of the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll in all four of her semesters on campus, Seplowin maintains a 3.62 cumulative GPA in special education. In addition, she was one of a school-record tying 63 student-athletes that recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring 2011 semester.

"I feel extremely humbled to be honored with this scholarship," Seplowin said. "This was something I was not expecting at all and came as a great surprise to me. I want to thank the Nancy and Robert Northrip for their support of our gymnastics program and the entire athletic department at Illinois State. I will continue to work hard in everything I do to represent them and this great honor well."



The Northrip Endowed Scholarship is one of 23 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that are funded by private donors. For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, please call the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office at (309) 438-3803. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.