Thanks to his athletic talent and excellent grades, Dolton teen Jason Towns began classes at the University of Sioux Falls last year with two scholarships totaling $50,000.
The son of Rodney and LaTonya Towns, he is a 2013 graduate of Thornton Township High School in Harvey.
He received the Marv Austin Scholarship from Thornton Township Alumni last year, equaling $12,000 over four years.
“I felt really honored to receive such a large sum of money. It meant that all my hard work paid off,” Towns said.
“It helps out a lot. I don’t have to take out much of a loan and my parents don’t have to clean out their pockets to pay for my college.”
In addition, Towns received the Provost’s Academic Scholarship from the University of Sioux Falls. That scholarship totals $38,000 over four years.
Towns is studying criminal justice at the South Dakota university, and maintains a 3.4 grade point average while playing for USF’s football team, the Cougars.
“I want to be a crime scene investigator. I've always liked the show CSI and thought it would be an interesting field to pursue,” he said.
“I would say my dad drew me into it. He always liked CSI, so I decided I would do it for him.”
“I would like to go back to Chicago to work ideally, but anywhere would be fine with me,” he added.