Students compete for merit award

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by Atticus Bailey, Triangle staff writer

Sophomore Justus Stout signs up for an ambassador spot in the Admissions Office.
Sophomore Justus Stout signs up for an ambassador spot in the Admissions Office.

This weekend, beginning Feb. 6, Bryan will once again be visited by potential students and leaders attending the Presidential Scholarship Weekend. Even though the scholars will be interviewing for the prized Presidential Merit Scholarship on Feb. 7, the weekend is packed with other activities to both entertain and incorporate the scholars.

Friday evening events include a banquet with speeches given by Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay, as well as Student Body President Rachel Welch. Music during the banquet will be provided by the Chamber Singers. Following the banquet, a campus wide concert is being held called, “A Musical Showcase.”

Following the concert, the scholars will have an opportunity to stay in the resident halls. Olivia Smith remembered her stay in the halls while she was competing.

“I stayed up so late, and my interview was really early in the morning,” Smith said. “But after the interview, everything was more relaxed and fun.”

The Presidential Scholarships are available to incoming freshman with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher, ACT score of 28, or an SAT score of 1240. The freshmen have been granted early acceptance at Bryan College, receiving at least $5,000 in scholarships with the potential of receiving up to $10,000 as Presidential Merit Scholars.

The scholars hear of Bryan in various ways ranging from hearing a Bryan professor speak at a venue to referrals from students and alumni. Interaction with the Bryan community is something that helps the scholars feel more comfortable, as well as entice them to attend the college.

Admissions secretary Donna Belisle goes through folders of presidential hopefuls.
Admissions secretary Donna Belisle goes through folders of presidential hopefuls.

Mike Sapienza, vice president for enrollment management, who will act as formal master of ceremonies, said that current students shoulder some of the responsibility to welcome the potential students.

“The student body really embraces the event and act as fantastic hosts for our guests,” said Sapienza.

Besides scheduled events, Bryan tries to create other less formal events that will help the scholars meet current students, as well as incorporate them into the Bryan community.

Ten percent of scholars that attend the weekend will become Presidential Merit Scholars and will be notified starting Feb. 23. Then the focus will switch to the Dean’s Scholarship competition held Feb. 26-27.