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Student Receives Nine Angels Memorial Scholarship

Paul Echols, Criminal Justice Instructor at Shawnee Community College started a scholarship called the "Nine Angels Memorial Scholarship" from the proceeds of the book that he wrote and from other donations. The scholarship is set up in the Criminology & Criminal Justice Program at SIU.

This scholarship is established in memory of Mary Parsh, Brenda Parsh, Sheila Cole, Virginia Witte, Joyce Tharp, Myrtle Rupp, Margie Call, Deborah Sheppard, and Mildred Wallace, nine women whose lives were taken by a serial killer who struck in Carbondale and surrounding areas between 1977-1982.

The first recipient of this scholarship is Shawnee Community College graduate Casey Brown of Cobden. Casey is currently in the Criminal Justice program at SIU. She received this scholarship because of her exceptionally high grades and her thoughtful statement.

Paul Echols stated, "I am excited for one of my former Shawnee College students to be the first recipient of this scholarship. Casey Brown exemplifies the type of student who I want to receive this scholarship and she knows the story behind the scholarship. She is a very smart and dedicated student who wants to make a difference by bringing justice to victims and victim families. I am confident she will be very successful." For more information, contact Marketing Coordinator Emily Elliott at 618-634-3270 or by email at

Pictured Above (L-R): Dr. Joseph Schafer (Chair of the Criminology & Criminal Justice Program at SIU), Casey Brown (Scholarship Recipient), and Paul Echols (SCC Criminal Justice Instructor).

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