Scholarship Program

The Leo C. Cox Scholarship was established in 2015 by the Friends of the 60’s/Alton Black Alumni Association in honor of his memory and his many contributions to the Alton community. The scholarship awards a $500.00 scholarship award to a deserving AHS senior.

2016 Leo Cox's Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Stats

  • First year implemented 
  • 11 Applicants applied for the scholarship
  • $500.00 Scholarship awarded to Ms. Maika Miller


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Maika Miller












Grade: 12


  • The Story of Esther: The Harem Keeper at Tampa Bay Christian Academy (2008)
  • Are We There Yet?: Moses' Mother at St. Paul Lutheran School (2009)
  • Once Upon A Mattress: Lady in Waiting at Alton High School (2014)
  • Noises Off!: Crew Leader at Alton High School (2015)
  • The Pajama Game: Mae at Alton High School (2015)
  • Godspell: Ensemble at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville (201S)
  • It's Murder in The Wings!: Crew Member at Alton High School (2015)
  • Whose Life is it Anyway?: Margaret Hill at Alton High School (2016)

Extracurricular Activities

  • National Honors Society
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • French Club (Honors)
  • Y.E.L.L. Club (community service club)
  • Physics Club
  • Encounter (Religious ministry choir)
  • Celebrations (Vocal Jazz Acapella Ensemble)


  • Conservatory Voice Lessons with Eddie Hitchcock
  • Conservatory Violin Lessons with Jennifer Heckler
  • Alton High School Ladies Chorale
  • Alton High School Concert Choir (Honors)
  • Alton Middle School Orchestra
  • Alton High School Concert Orchestra
  • Alton High School Symphonic Orchestra (Honors)
  • Dance (3 years) at Mid Illinois Gymnastics and Dance

Special Awards/Honors

  • Senior President of Choral Department. at Alton High School
  • IMEA District VI Festival Participant
  • IHSA  Solo/Ensemble Contest – 1st (Vocal Solo), (4 Vocal Ensembles), (Orchestra Ensemble) and 2nd (Vocal Ensemble)

Special Skills

  • Bilingual (English and Creole)
  • Violin (7 years)
  • Piano (9 years)






FOS/ABAA Scholarship Committee:

David Frye, Chair

Eve Booth

Forrest Booth

Bonnie McLemore-Fox

Staci Herron



Contact Information:

David Frye

c/o Alton Friends of the 60’s

PO Box 1033

Alton, IL 62002