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The fifth annual Scholarship Competition Day event took place on February 12, 2011, hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Honors Program. This year a total of 54 students participated with their parents from local school districts in the region. All participants who attend and enroll are guaranteed a scholarship of $1,500 per year for four years, and can compete for additional scholarships up to and including full rides. These students are some of the best in the region with GPA’s well over 3.71 and ACT scores of at least 25 or more. Additional top-up funding is provided by the College and Schools depending on disciplines.
The day begins with registration and an informal welcome from our Admissions Counselors as well as our current honor students during breakfast in the Theatre Lobby. A formal welcome takes place in the Theatre by Provost Voland and Honors Director Thum followed by a series of 4-5 tours across campus where some of our departments provide demonstrations, one such is provided by Professor Robert Stach and his team in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Others include the: Urban Health and Wellness Center, Biology Department, the Library, and First Street Residential Hall. The day’s events also include the actual Competition Interviews; parent information session where Chancellor Person welcomes parents; a faculty/student panel; and a closing ceremony in the Theatre where student participants are presented with a certificate and a flashdrive (with a copy of the Catalog on it). One lucky student also receives an iPod as a grand prize.
The University has now enrolled four cohorts of students as a result of the yearly Scholarship Competition Day events. We have been very pleased the caliber of students, their ability to maintain the required 3.0 GPA, and the retention rate we have enjoyed.