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RSU Awards Scholarships to High School Seniors

By Rachel Judy | April 3, 2012

Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo greets a student and parent during Scholars Weekend.
Photo by Danielle Boudreau

Years of hard work are paying off for a number of high school seniors who were recently honored at Regent University's School of Undergraduate Studies (RSU) Merit Award Reception.

Held on Friday, March 30, the reception recognized the achievements of incoming freshmen and transfer students who have received scholarships to attend Regent in the fall. Twenty-six students were recognized by the dean, Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, and Regent's founder and chancellor, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson.

"The opportunity for RSU to honor the outstanding academic achievements of future Regent undergraduate students through substantial academic scholarships, as well as to attract such talented students, testifies to RSU's commitment to academic excellence and its growing reputation as a school of rigorous and transformative academics," Moreno-Riaño explained.

Hailing from a number of states, including Virginia, Maryland, Alabama, New York, Georgia and North Carolina, many of the students received partial scholarships ranging from $4,000-$6,000.

Five of the students honored at the reception were finalists chosen during Scholars Weekend, an annual event that offers high school students the opportunity to compete for one of several available full-tuition scholarships during a weekend on Regent's campus.

This year's Scholars Weekend competition was held February 16-18. Any incoming freshman accepted to Regent for the fall 2012 semester was eligible to apply for this scholarship competition, but only the students holding the top SAT scores and cumulative GPA were invited to participate as finalists.

The top Scholar's Weekend award recipient was Josiah Keilson, a senior at Cary High School in Cary, N.C. Keilson was awarded the Dean's Scholarship, which provides 100 percent tuition and housing for four years.

The other Scholars Weekend finalists were: Ariel Heinsius, Coram Deo Academy in Flower Mound, Texas; Samantha O'Dell, Evangelical Christian School, Cordova, Tenn.; and home school seniors Elizabeth Young, Pass Christian, Miss., and Ryan McDonald, Chesapeake, Va. These finalists received a 100 percent tuition scholarship to RSU.

While on campus, students composed an essay on a designated topic within a certain time allotment, graded by faculty from Regent's English Department. They also participated in an interview with the director of admissions, associate dean of academics and a featured faculty member. During the weekend they experienced campus life and spent the night in the residence halls as well.

The Scholars Weekend competition application is a separate application process, which includes evaluating a student's ACT or SAT score, official high school transcripts, GPA and written essay.

Learn more about the School of Undergraduate Studies.


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