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August 9, 2010

SIU Med School Announces Templeton Scholarship

Benjamin D. Mathis, a second-year medical student, has received a monetary award from the J.S. Templeton, M.D., Memorial Scholarship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  The award is given annually to a student from Perry County who is currently enrolled at SIU School of Medicine.
Mathias is the son of David and Darby Mathis of Pinckneyville.  He is a graduate of Pinckneyville High School (2003) and St. Louis College of Pharmacy, where he earned his doctorate degree in pharmacy (2009).  

The Templeton Scholarship was established in 1993 by Harriss Malan of Carbondale and Jane Templeton Minton of DuQuoin, in memory of their uncle and father, Dr. James Scott Templeton.  Templeton was a general practitioner who practiced in the Pickneyville area for more than sixty years.  He also was a founder of Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

Gifts received by the Southern Illinois University Foundation support the growth of the School of Medicine.  Individuals interested in making a donation can contact the SIU Foundation office at 217-545-2955 weekdays or

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine is this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding.  The School’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service.  Its Web site is and its main number is 217-545-8000.