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Top Scholars Feted at Chesapeake College
Program rewards high school academic excellence
Monday, October 03, 2011
Chesapeake College President Barbara A. Viniar honored the 2011-2012 Presidential Scholars. Pictured here, left to right, are: Amanda Scott, Hannah Gowe, Brittney Dillard, Dr. Viniar, Kaitlin Collison, Lauren Brelia, Joel Cover and Elizabeth Churchill.
WYE MILLS Chesapeake President Barbara Viniar on Tuesday honored the 2011-2012 Presidential Scholars and their guests at a reception in the Todd Performing Arts Center. Each year the president of Chesapeake College awards a full scholarship to a top graduate from each of the public high schools in the five-county service area.
"You represent some of the best and brightest students in our area, and we are so proud to have you here," Dr. Viniar told the students at the event.
The incoming freshman students are selected based on a 3.5 high school grade point average and counselor recommendation. The scholarship provides one year of Chesapeake tuition. The scholarship is renewable for another year provided the recipients maintain a 3.0 grade point average and take Honors Program courses.
"Awarding the Presidential Scholarships is one of the highlights of the year for me," said Director of Financial Aid Mindy Schaffer. "These students are the best of the best. They make Chesapeake College shine."
The Presidential Scholars for the 11-12 academic year are: Carson Adams of Cambridge, Alexis Baynard of Sherwood, Lauren Brelia of Greensboro, Elizabeth Churchill of Chestertown, Joel Cover of Stevensville, Kaitlyn Collison of Easton, Brittney Dillard of Stevensville, Kathleen Flair of Chester, Hannah Gowe of Preston, Samantha Hartman of Worton, Lauren Phillips of Hurlock, Colby Plummer of Cambridge, Amanda Scott of Greensboro, Alexander Thomas of Federalsburg, and Jordan Tieder of Taylor’s Island.
Kaitlyn Collison, a 2011 Easton High School graduate, first came to Chesapeake as a Dual Enrollment student and then decided to continue her college education at the college. She plans to eventually transfer to Salisbury University has an education major.
"I just transitioned here right through high school graduation," Collison said. "I like being so close to home and my job, plus I feel like I’m getting a valuable education here."
Queen Anne’s County High School graduate Elizabeth Churchill agreed, saying that she has enjoyed her time at Chesapeake since fall semester began in late August.
"I love my classes and I love the atmosphere here," she said.
Biology professor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor Greg Farley encouraged the scholars to join the honor society and enroll in Chesapeake’s Honors Program. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa, Farley said, means access to $40 million in scholarship funds that can be used to pursue a bachelor’s degree after transfer. He also encouraged the students to enroll in Honors Program classes which are offered in a seminar format with enhanced learning opportunities.
CUTLINE: Chesapeake College President Barbara A. Viniar honored the 2011-2012 Presidential Scholars. Pictured here, left to right, are: Amanda Scott, Hannah Gowe, Brittney Dillard, Dr. Viniar, Kaitlin Collison, Lauren Brelia, Joel Cover and Elizabeth Churchill.
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